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Mural depicting a Nath yogi in Mayurasana at the Mahamandir temple, Jodhpur, India, c. 1810

Mayūrāsana (Sanskrit: मयूरासन) or Peacock Pose[1] is a hand-balancing asana in hatha yoga with the body held horizontal over the hands.

A different pose, Piñcha Mayūrāsana or Feathered Peacock Pose, is a forearm balance with the body raised, giving some resemblance to a peacock's tail.


Mayūrāsana is an important balancing asana that demands physical strength. In this asana the entire weight of the body remains on the navel and it is possible to lose balance at any moment. Those suffering from cervical spondylitis are not recommended to practice it.Those who are in pregnancy should not practice it.

Etymology and origins[edit]

Mayurasana in an illustrated manuscript of the Jogapradipika, 1830

The name comes from the Sanskrit words mayura (मयूर) meaning "peacock"[2] and asana (आसन) meaning "posture".[3]

Mayurasana is one of the oldest non-seated asanas used in hatha yoga; it is first described in the 10th century Vimānārcanākalpa.[4]


In this asana the body is raised like a horizontal stick holding the floor with both palms while the body is supported by the elbows.[5]


Piñcha Mayūrāsana
  • Piñcha Mayūrāsana (पिञ्च मयूरासन)[6] (Feathered Peacock Pose)[7]
  • Padma Mayūrāsana (Lotus Peacock Pose)[8]
  • Uttana Padma Mayūrāsana (Intense Stretch Lotus Peacock Pose)[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Yoga Journal - Peacock Pose". Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Mayurasana -". Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  3. ^ Sinha, S. C. (1 June 1996). Dictionary of Philosophy. Anmol Publications. p. 18. ISBN 978-81-7041-293-9. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  4. ^ Mallinson, James; Singleton, Mark (2017). Roots of Yoga. Penguin Books. pp. 100–101. ISBN 978-0-241-25304-5. OCLC 928480104.
  5. ^ Iyengar, B. K. S. (1979) [1966]. Light on Yoga: Yoga Dipika. Unwin Paperbacks. pp. 282–284.
  6. ^ "Pincha Mayurasana -". Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  7. ^ "Yoga Journal - Feathered Peacock Pose". Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  8. ^ Ramaswami, Srivatsa; Krishnamacharya, T. (3 June 2005). The complete book of vinyasa yoga: an authoritative presentation, based on 30 years of direct study under the legendary yoga teacher Krishnamacharya. Da Capo Press. p. 208. ISBN 978-1-56924-402-9. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  9. ^ "Uttana Padma Mayurasana". Retrieved 9 April 2011.

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