Cow Face Pose

Gomukhasana

Cow Face Pose

What is Cow Face Pose?

Cow face pose, or gomukhasana, is a seated posture in which the knees are stacked on top of one another. The hands are clasped behind the back, forming an infinity shape.

Instructions

  • Sit with your legs folded underneath you as in thunderbolt pose.
  • Lean to your right and cross your left leg over your right leg, stacking your knees. Point your toes behind you.
  • Reach your right hand behind your back with an exhale.
  • Reach your left arm up with an inhale and lengthen your spine.
  • Clasp your hands behind your back.
  • Close your eyes and breathe while holding the pose.

Cautions

  • Do not strain; if hands don't touch behind the back, hold opposite elbows.

Benefits of Cow Face Pose

  • Relieves pain and stiffness in the back
  • Stretches the legs and hips
  • Improves posture
  • Relaxes the mind
  • Increases energy

Cow Face Pose Details

Sanskrit Name
Gomukhasana
Pronunciation
go-moo-KHAH-sah-nah
Pose Level
Beginner
Yoga Type
Drishti
Bhrumadhye (Third Eye)
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