Mayūrāsana (Sanskrit: मयूरासन) or Peacock pose is a hand-balancing asana in hatha yoga and modern yoga as exercise with the body held horizontal over the hands. It is one of the oldest non-seated asanas.
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.
Hamsasana (Swan Pose) is identical to Mayurasana except that the hands are placed with the fingers pointing forwards.
Padma Mayurasana (Lotus in Peacock Pose) has the legs crossed as in Lotus Position.
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 presenting any evidence. Iyengar claimed that this pose "tones up the abdominal organs wonderfully", and that the elbow pressure on the abdominal aorta made blood circulate "properly in the abdominal organs". He claimed further that the pose improved digestion, cured stomach and spleen illnesses, and prevented "toxins" from accumulating. He stated also that it would be of benefit in diabetes.
- List of asanas
- Planche (exercise)
- Vrischikasana, scorpion pose, with variations including Pincha Mayurasana
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