Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Mayurasana Mean?

Mayurasana is an advanced arm balancing asana that tones and detoxifies the body, promotes mental health, and energizes the solar plexus chakra.

To perform this pose, the practitioner sits on the heels with the knees spread wide. The palms are placed firmly on the floor between the thighs with the fingers pointing toward the back of the body. The arms are bent so that the torso rests on the upper arms. The legs stretch and fully straighten behind the torso so that the whole body balances on the arms.

This asana is also called peacock pose in English.



Yogapedia Explains Mayurasana

Mayurasana offers a wide range of health benefits. It strengthens the arms, tones abdominal organs, improves digestion, boosts energy and is an excellent detoxifier.

This asana promotes mental health as well, such as:

  • Promotes sense of calm
  • Improves focus
  • Alleviates depression

In spiritual practice, mayurasana activates the manipura (solar plexus) chakra, which governs vitality, balance and strength. This chakra is associated with self-esteem, willpower and spiritual ascent. Practicing this asana also arouses kundalini, encouraging it to move through the body.

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