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.
Etymology and origins
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.
- Piñcha Mayūrāsana (पिञ्च मयूरासन) is similar to the forearm variant of Vrischikasana, but with the legs straight and held over the head. (Feathered Peacock Pose)
- Sayanāsana (Posture of Repose) is the same as Piñcha Mayūrāsana, but with only the elbows on the ground, the hands cradling the face, making it a difficult balance.
- Galavasana or Eka Pada Galavasana has one leg bent, the foot hooked over the opposite arm under the body.
- Hamsāsana (Swan Pose) is identical to Mayūrāsana except that the hands are placed with the fingers pointing forwards.
- Padma Mayūrāsana (Lotus Peacock Pose)
- Uttana Padma Mayūrāsana (Intense Stretch Lotus Peacock Pose)
Twentieth century advocates of some schools of yoga, such as B. K. S. Iyengar, made claims for the effects of yoga on specific organs, without adducing any evidence. Iyengar claimed that this pose "tones up the abdominal organs wonderfully", and that the elbow pressure on the abdominal aorta make blood circulate "properly in the abdominal organs", He claimed further that the pose improved the digestion, cured stomach and spleen illnesses, and prevented "toxins" from accumulating. He stated also that it would be of benefit in diabetes.
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