Peacock Pose


What is Peacock Pose?

Peacock pose, or mayurasana in Sanskrit, boosts the digestive fire perhaps more so than any other yoga pose. In this advanced posture, the practitioner balances on their forearms with their elbows pressing against their abdomen.


  • Begin kneeling. Place the hands on the floor, fingers pointing toward the body.
  • Bend the elbows and lower the torso so that the chest rests on the upper arms.
  • Stretch the legs back.
  • Exhale and lift the legs from the floor. At the same time lean the torso forward. The body should be in one line and parallel to the floor.
  • Breathe while balancing in the pose.
  • Exhale and lower the legs to the floor to release.


  • Only practice on an empty stomach and toward the end of an asana practice
  • Avoid if there is wrist, shoulder or back injury

Benefits of Peacock Pose

  • Develops balance
  • Strengthens the arms, wrists and forearms
  • Improves circulation to the abdominal organs
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps the body to eliminate toxins
  • Boosts focus
  • Energizes the mind

Peacock Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Mayurasana
Pronunciation: my-YUR-AH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Advanced
Drishti: Nasagre (Tip of the nose)
Pose Type: Arm Balances, Balancing, Core, Strength

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