Meaning of Pincha Mayurasana
Mayurasana is the peacock pose. "Pincha Mayurasana" is called the feathered peacock asana, identifying with the union of terms Pincha (i.e. feathers) and Mayura (peacock). The body in this posture resembles a peacock with feathers fully spread and dancing. It is commonly known as forearm or elbow balance. Being much similar to asanas such as Handstand Balance and Headstand, a major obstacle to Pincha Mayurasana is a natural fear of falling. Therefore, the basic pose will be described with the heels supported against a wall. Often the hands slide together during this pose which collapses the head onto the floor and compresses the neck.
Practice of Pincha Mayurasana
The anatomical focus points of the body are Brain, Pituitary, Arms, Shoulders, Legs, Spine and lungs. Hopping up and down is all that will be manageable in the beginning. Regularly practice strength poses, like Adho Mukha Svanasana and Chaturanga Dandasana. Eventually one will be able to kick all the way into the pose. At first the heels may crash into the wall, but again with more practice the practitioner will be able to swing the heels up lightly to the wall.
If the armpits and groin are tight, the lower back may be deeply arched. To lengthen it, draw the front ribs into the torso, reach the tailbone toward the heels, and slide the heels higher up the wall. Draw the navel toward the spine. Squeeze the outer legs together and roll the thighs in. In Pincha Mayurasana the head should be off the floor; hang it from a spot between the shoulders.
Effects of Pinchamayurasana
Precautions in the practice of Pinchamayurasana
One should not perform this asana when suffering with back, shoulder, or neck injury, headache, heart disorders, high blood pressure and menstruation.
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