In addition to strengthening various parts of the body, peacock pose can improve digestion, detoxify the body, increase sexual vitality, and energize the "digestive fire" so that the body can digest anything and resist toxins. Other physical benefits of peacock pose include:
- Promotes balance
- Strengthens the arms, wrists and shoulders
- Improves posture
- Tones abdominal organs
- Stretches the spine and back
- Boosts focus
- Promotes a sense of calm
It may be difficult for beginners to hold this pose. If so, practice the pose for a few seconds and slowly build up the endurance to increase its duration. Four-limbed staff pose (chataranga dandasana) can be practiced as a preparatory pose for peacock pose.
Peacock pose should not be performed by those with injury in the wrist, elbows, shoulders and back. Pregnant women should also avoid this pose.