Definition - What does Kukkutasana mean?

Kukkutasana is an advanced balancing yoga pose that requires good flexibility of the legs and benefits the arms and shoulders. Starting in padmasana (lotus pose), the hands are squeezed between the thighs and calf muscles until they reach the floor. Palms are touching the floor, with the fingers spread wide and pointing forward. Putting pressure on the hands, the body is lifted above the floor, its entire weight supported by the palms alone. The pose is held for as long as is comfortable.

The name comes from the Sanskrit kukkuta, meaning "rooster," and asana, meaning "pose" or "posture." Therefore, kukkutasana is also referred to as rooster pose in English.

Yogapedia explains Kukkutasana

Kukkutasana is one of the postures mentioned in the ancient Hatha yoga text, "Hatha Yoga Pradipika," and the "Gheranda Samhita."

Kukkutasana stimulates the muladhara chakra and is used for awakening the kundalini shakti, or the primal energy coiled at the base of the spine. When stimulated, laziness vanishes.

It is recommended to learn this pose only after mastering padmasana.

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