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Do gomukhasana like Malaika Arora to work out your entire body in one go

Published on:30 March 2021, 17:21pm IST
Bollywood beauty Malaika Arora is a true fitness icon. This time around, she is showing us how to do gomukhasana or the cow face pose that has several benefits for the body.
Geetika Sachdev
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Move your body like Malaika. Image courtesy: Instagram/Malaika Arora
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Dedication and perseverance is Malaika Arora’s “middle name”. Whether she’s in town or vacationing, she never compromises on her fitness. Yet again, she has proved it with her recent ‘Malaika’s move of the week’ post on Instagram.

Dressed in impeccable workout gear, Malaika can be seen performing a pose which looks pretty complex. But guess what? She does it so seamlessly! We are sure she inspires you to move your body, doesn’t she? 

This time around, the B-town beauty can be seen doing gomukhasana or the cow face pose. In her words, “this pose helps to relieve any tightness around the hip and lower back area. As it stretches the chest and open shoulders, it increases the range of motion for shoulder joints. It is a great pose for alleviating stress and mental tension.” 

Check out her post here:

 

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So wait no more and get started! 

Here’s how to do it:
  1. Sit with straight legs on your yoga mat.
  2. Now, bend your left knee bringing it under your right leg.
  3. Bring the left foot beside your right hip.
  4. Now, bend the right knee over your left one. Try to keep one knee over the other.
  5. Place your right foot, beside your left hip.
  6. Next, raise your right arm over your head, and bend your right elbow while bringing the right palm behind the upper back (palm facing backward).
  7. Keep your left arm down and bend the elbow, bringing the palm to the mid-back.
  8. Try to hook your fingers.
  9. Lengthen your spine.
  10. Keep the chin parallel to the ground.
The benefits of gomukhasana

You’ve already heard of the benefits of this asana from Malaika, but let’s try and go deeper. 

  • Helps to relieve stress and anxiety

The asana is particularly helpful for those who are struggling with severe stress and anxiety. Practise this pose regularly, because not only does it focus on breathing techniques, but also blends in some benefits of meditation. 

  • Improves flexibility

One of the most important benefits of gomukhasana is improved flexibility. That’s because almost all the joints in your body are in action, be it in your shoulders or knees. What’s more, the asana also helps you shed unwanted fat, and makes you physically fit. 

  • Opens up the chest

Again, this is one of the biggest benefits of practising gomukhasana. While doing this pose, your body is in an erect position, while your hands are at the back. This allows the cartilage to get activated, which further helps in improved blood circulation. 

So wait no more, and practise this pose to reap benefits like no other!

Geetika Sachdev Geetika Sachdev

An independent writer and journalist, Geetika loves sharp and fresh humour, just like her coffee! If not writing, you'll find her cafe-hopping and raiding the best book stores in town.