Wounded Peacock Pose

Definition - What does Wounded Peacock Pose mean?

Wounded peacock pose is an advanced arm-balancing yoga pose that requires wrist, arm and shoulder strength. It is part of the fifth series of Ashtanga yoga, one of the most advanced vinyasas.

In this posture, all of the weight is balanced on one hand, which points backward or out to the side, with the elbow bent and tucked into the belly. The body is parallel to the ground and facing downward. The other arm can reach out for balance with the fingers in jnana mudra or it can stretch alongside the body.

Wounded peacock pose is also known as pungu mayurasana in Sanskrit. It may also be referred to as one-armed peacock pose, or eka hasta mayurasana.


Wounded Peacock Pose

Yogapedia explains Wounded Peacock Pose

Wounded peacock should only be attempted after peacock pose (with two arms) has been mastered. In the full expression of the pose, the legs are together, but the legs can be spread apart to help with balance. The posture provides a true test of mental focus and physical endurance.

Wounded peacock pose is also believed to have these benefits:

  • Massages the abdominal organs, improving digestion
  • May be therapeutic for stomach conditions
  • Tones the core muscles
  • Strengthens the back, legs, forearms and wrists

Yogis who have high blood pressure, glaucoma, or wrist or elbow problems should skip wounded peacock. Pregnant or menstruating yoginis should also avoid this pose.

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