Pincha Mayurasana

Definition - What does Pincha Mayurasana mean?

Pincha mayurasana is a balancing inversion that displays strength and beauty, and helps the practitioner overcome a fear of falling through mental and physical balance.

To enter this asana, the practitioner should begin in ardha pincha mayurasana (dolphin pose). Keeping the forearms and elbows firm and flat against the mat, the feet walk forward until the torso is nearly vertical. With the support of a strong core, the legs are lifted or kicked up so that the torso becomes completely vertical and the body balances on the arms. The legs can hang freely in a bent position, or more advanced practitioners can straighten them and extend the whole body to the sky.

Pincha mayurasana is also known as forearm stand/balance pose or peacock feather pose in English. This asana gets its name from the fact that it resembles the peacock lifting its tail to show its colorful plumage.

Yogapedia explains Pincha Mayurasana

Pincha mayurasana is thought to increase blood flow to the brain, which reduces stress and promotes feelings of clarity and peace. It also strengthens the whole body, especially the shoulder and core muscles.

Inversions like pincha mayurasana help open the ajna, or third eye chakra. The position of the head and the thoughtful gaze toward the mat allow energy to flow to the third eye, enhancing the practitioner's mental and psychic abilities. This asana is also believed to increase the flow of prana, or life force energy, and is known to be an energizing posture.

Beginners who are learning this pose may want to use a yoga strap around the arms or a block between the hands to help maintain proper elbow and forearm alignment. It may also be helpful to practice this pose against a supportive wall, allowing the body to become familiar with the correct alignment of the asana before attempting it without support.

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