Padma means lotus and Mayur means Peacock in Sanskrit. This demands good physical strength though it is easier than Mayurasana.
- Sit in padmasana (lotus posture)
- Rise on your knee and place your hands on the floor in front of the knees with the palms down, fingertips pointing back towards the feet. Keep the hands touching together.
- Bring your elbows together and place them on the abdomen. Try to keep the elbows close together throughout the pose.
- Keep the head up, exhale and gradually shift the weight of your body forward and as you do this lift the feet.
- In the beginning, hold the posture for a few seconds and gradually working up to 30 seconds or more.
- Inhale and bring your knee back on the ground.
- Improves the digestion.
- It cures dyspepsia and diseases of stomach like Gulma (chronic gastritis), and reduces splenic and liver-enlargement by increasing the intra-abdominal pressure.
- The lungs and whole abdominal Viscera (organs) are properly toned and stimulated by the increase of intra-abdominal pressure.
- Sluggishness of liver or hepatic torpidity disappears.
- It tones the bowels, removes constipation (ordinary, chronic and habitual).
- Strengthens the wrists and forearms, tones the abdomen, strengthens the back torso and leg.
There are some conditions under which it is not advised to practice padma mayurasana:
- After any abdominal surgery
- High blood pressure, glaucoma
- Problems with the wrists or elbows
- During menstruation and pregnancy.
- All contraindications of padmasana
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