Ardha Pincha Mayurasana
Definition - What does Ardha Pincha Mayurasana mean?
Ardha pincha mayurasana is a calming yet energizing asana that can be used to strengthen various parts of the body while increasing flexibility.
To enter this asana, kneel on the floor with the hands and arms positioned as they would be in downward dog. The legs are straightened, lengthening the tailbone, as in downward dog, while the forearms press down to the ground.
Yogapedia explains Ardha Pincha Mayurasana
Ardha pincha mayurasana is directly translated in English as "half feather peacock pose," but it is most commonly referred to as dolphin pose in the West.
One of the interesting benefits of this asana is that is has been linked to helping relieve stress, while it is also considered useful for those yogis who are fighting mild bouts of depression.
Spiritually speaking, this is also a posture that can be used to allow the yoga practitioner to enjoy the sort of inner peace and calmness that are among the biggest benefits of carrying out yoga.