Pungu Kukkutasana

Last Updated: August 9, 2017

Definition - What does Pungu Kukkutasana mean?

Pungu kukkutasana is an advanced arm-balancing posture with a twist that is part of the advanced B series (fourth series) of Ashtanga yoga. The name comes from the Sanskrit pungu, meaning “wounded”; kukkuta, meaning “rooster” or “fowl”; and asana, which means “posture” or “pose.” In English, it is known as wounded rooster pose.

The asana is entered from sirsasana (headstand) with the legs in lotus position. The head is raised, and the body is balanced on the hands with the elbows either straight or bent. The legs – still in lotus – are then twisted to one side so that the top of the thigh rests on the outside of the upper arm.

Yogapedia explains Pungu Kukkutasana

The drishti (gaze) in pungu kukkutasana should be toward the nose. Some also use the Sanskrit names parsva kukkutasana (side rooster) and parivritta kukkutasana (twisted rooster) to describe this pose, but when a distinction is made, the leg position may vary slightly.

Pungu kukkutasana reduces stress and anxiety, quiets the ego, and as a twisting pose, activates the manipura (solar plexus) chakra. Manipura is associated with self-confidence, self-motivation and transforming power.

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