Pungu Mayurasana

Definition - What does Pungu Mayurasana mean?

Pungu mayurasana is an advanced arm-balancing posture that builds strength in the arms, wrists and shoulders. It is a posture practiced in one of the most advanced vinyasas in Ashtanga yoga, the fifth series. The name comes from the Sanskrit, pungu, meaning “lame” or “wounded”; mayura, meaning “peacock”; and asana, which translates as “pose” or “posture.”

In this pose, the body appears to float above and parallel to the ground, supported only by the palm of one hand. The elbow of that arm bends at a 90-degree angle and tucks into the abdomen. The other arm can remain alongside the body or stretch forward for balance.

In English, pungu mayurasana is known as wounded peacock. It is also sometimes called eka hasta mayurasana, or one-armed peacock pose.


Pungu Mayurasana

Yogapedia explains Pungu Mayurasana

As an advanced variation of mayurasana (the two-handed version), pungu mayurasana has many of the same benefits as the less-intense pose. In addition to requiring and improving physical balance, the pose stimulates mental and emotional balance, as well as mental focus and concentration.

Pungu mayurasana also activates the manipura (solar plexus or navel) chakra, which is associated with decisiveness and self-esteem. An open manipura has the power to transform, building motivation, self-control and a sense of purpose. Mastering the challenge of this pose also builds self-confidence.

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