Mayurasana (Sanskrit: मयूरासन) or Peacock Pose is an asana where the individual assumes a peacock like posture. This posture is mentioned in the first chapter of Hatha Yoga Pradipika (a classic Sanskrit manual on hatha yoga, written by Svāmi Svātmārāma, a disciple of Swami Gorakhnath in 15th century CE)
Given below is the excerpts about Mayurasana from the same manual.
उछ्छासनो दण्डवदुत्थितः खे
मायूरमेतत्प्रवदन्ति पीठम || ३२ ||
Press your hands firmly upon the ground and balance your body by pressing the elbows against your loins (both sides of the navel). Raise your legs straight in the air till your feet are level with your head. This is mayurasana.
हरति सकल-रोगानाशु गुल्मोदरादीन
अभिभवति छ दोष्हानासनं शरी-मयूरम |
बहु कदशन-भुक्तं भस्म कुर्यादशेष्हं
जनयति जठराग्निं जारयेत्काल-कूटम || ३३ ||
This asana heals various diseases of the spleen and dropsy, and removes all illnesses caused by excess of vata, pitta, or kapha. It digests an overabundance of food, and even destroys the most deadly poison.
This posture demands good physical strength, giving the maximum physical exercise in the minimum time.
There are some conditions under which it is not advised to practice mayurasana:
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