Yoga has gone international and has become the talk of the town. Whether you want to lose weight or need some peace of mind–yoga is a holistic way of achieving all that and more.
The quest for a healthy body is a priority for every person nowadays–and apart from jogging and gyming, we aren’t left with many options. But now yoga is another avenue that offers overall wellness.
From celebs to international avenues like the Department of Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation Management, University of Mississippi–everyone is going gaga about the benefits yoga has to offer.
And today we have got you a pose that’s an all-time hit among people who rave about power yoga — And that asana is, mayurasana or peacock pose.
Let’s find what all benefits mayurasana has in store for you.
Mayurasana and its many health benefits
In Sanskrit, ‘mayur’ means peacock and ‘asana’ means yogic posture. In the final position of this asana, the shape of the body resembles a peacock–and hence the name.
Also, read: 5 power yoga poses which burn more calories than running on a treadmill
Practising mayurasana helps eliminate toxins from our body and it purifies blood too. If you are dealing with gut problems or if someone in the family is dealing with diabetes then this asana is a must-do.
Now, let’s learn how to do mayurasana
· Sit on your heels while making sure your knees are placed wide apart.
· Place your hands on the floor and turn them towards facing your body. Gently bend your elbows and press them towards your abdomen.
· Keep your belly firm by dropping your head to the floor.
· Once your belly feels firm, stretch out your legs so that your knees are straight and the upper part of the feet are facing the floor.
· The shoulder blades must be pushed back tight and the buttocks must be tightened as well. Raise your head and look forward.
· Shift your body weight forward and lift your legs off the floor, making sure that the weight of your body is balanced on your hands. Your body should be parallel to the floor.
· Hold the pose for about 10 seconds before dropping your head and feed on the ground to relax.
Yes, it’s a little difficult but keep practicing it and we are sure you’ll master it.
But if you are advising it to someone then please note that it’s not meant for everyone.
Here’s who should NOT be doing mayurasana
· Anyone who has had abdominal surgery should not attempt this pose as it exerts pressure on the stomach and abdomen.
· Anyone suffering from wrist and elbow injuries should avoid it as these parts experience maximum pressure during this yoga posture.
· Pregnant women and those going through menstruation.
· People suffering from cervical spondylitis and high blood pressure should also refrain from the yoga posture due to its complex nature.
Also, read: My #momsays sit in vajrasana post meals to aid digestion. As always, she’s right!
Why is mayurasana so beneficial? Hear what science has to say
A study published in the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine found that following a yoga developed by BKS Iyengar, which includes the mayurasana, reversed the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease. She was suffering from chest and abdominal pain, as well as vomiting, difficulty eating, weight loss, and anxiety.
Moreover, a study published in the Indian Journal of Palliative Care suggests that practising mayurasana keeps cortisol levels in your brain check and you tend to stay away from stress.
In short, Mayurasana is a sure-shot way of staying hale and hearty. So, let’s give it a shot.
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