Standing Cow Face Pose

Tadasana gomukhasana

What is Standing Cow Face Pose?

Standing cow face pose, or tadasana gomukhasana in Sanskrit, is a mix between mountain pose and cow face pose. From a standing position, the yogi reaches one arm above and one arm below, clasping the hands behind the back. The pose opens the chest, stretches the shoulders and improves posture.


  • Begin standing with the feet hip distance wide.
  • Inhale and reach the right arm up, then bend the elbow to bring the hand behind the back.
  • Exhale and reach the left arm behind the back and bend the elbow.
  • Clasp the hands.
  • Breathe while holding the pose.
  • Inhale and release. Change sides.


  • If it's not possible to clasp the hands, hold on to a strap to avoid overstretching the shoulders.

Benefits of Standing Cow Face Pose

  • Opens the chest
  • Improves respiration and circulation
  • Stretches the shoulders and arms
  • Strengthens the legs, core muscles, back and arms
  • Improves posture
  • Boosts energy

Standing Cow Face Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Tadasana gomukhasana
Pronunciation: TAH-DAH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Beginner
Drishti: Bhrumadhye (Third Eye)
Pose Type: Balancing, Binds, Chest Openers, Standing Poses

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