Padma Mayurasana

Definition - What does Padma Mayurasana mean?

Padma mayurasana is an intermediate to advanced arm-balancing posture that requires wrist, arm and shoulder strength, as well as body awareness and balance. The name comes from the Sanskrit padma, meaning “lotus”; mayur, meaning “peacock”; and asana, which means “posture” or “pose.” In English, it is known as lotus peacock pose or lotus in peacock pose.

In this pose, the elbows are bent at 90 degrees and tucked under the hips, the upper arms are tucked into the sides of the chest and the palms are flat on the ground supporting the body's weight. The fingers point back toward the toes. The legs are raised off the ground and are crossed as in padmasana.

Yogapedia explains Padma Mayurasana

In addition to its physical benefits – which include increased flexibility, strength and balance – padma mayurasana increases focus, concentration and determination and promotes mental, spiritual and emotional balance.

Padma mayurasana is also believed to open, activate and balance the manipura chakra, which is known in English as the navel or solar plexus chakra, or energy center. Manipura is associated with transformation power, confidence, self-esteem and decision-making. When this chakra is open, it strengths motivation and the inner fire that drives goal achievement and creates a sense of purpose.

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