Take special precautions while doing any asana. If you are learning yoga, then take the advice of a knowledgeable person. Do not put any kind of force in the event of pain or unable to do so. Keep in mind that you will be able to succeed only with constant practice.
Brief Introduction Of The Pincha Mayurasana
- The Pincha Mayurasana is also known as the feathered peacock pose or the bent arm balance pose. It is one of the difficult of asanas to practice and perfect for people. It belongs to the advanced category and a lot of caution is advised while practicing it.
- You would have to prepare properly and practice some of the main preparatory poses before you can master this asana. Balance, flexibility, and control are the aspects that you ought to possess to make sure you are able to do the Pincha Mayurasana right.
- It is advised that you use a yoga mat, folded blanket or fabric, a support for your head, and be closer to the wall while trying it. This would ensure that you keep yourself in good balance and do not strain too many body parts while do it.
How To Do The Pincha Mayurasana?
- Due to the risks involved of the practicing person losing balance it is suggested that you be close to the wall to avoid injuries. You would have to remember that practicing this asana with the support of the wall would still provide you with the benefits.
- After practicing and perfecting the preparatory poses you can begin with the Pincha Mayurasana. This way you are able to do it without much risk and in the right manner too. Follow the below steps which make this asana easier for people doing it for the first time.
- You can begin with being an inch or two away from the wall with knees and hands facing the wall. This ideally would ensure that your spine is straight when you are in the final position of this asana.
- Your palms and forearms should be kept against the floor and this is achieved by bending the elbow. Make sure that the upper part of your arms is in a perpendicular position to your forearms.
- Now, you should begin curling your toes and lifting your hips at the same time. This would lead you to being in either in the Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog) or Ardha Pincha Mayurasana (dolphin or puppy nose).
- Your hip should be ideally placed right above your shoulders. This is achieved when you move your feet slowly towards your elbows.
- Choose the leg that you want to be the dominant one (right leg for most people) or the one you like to begin with and lift it upwards. You would now attain the Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana (down-dog split).
- Procced to now bend the knee that is on the floor (likely the left leg one for most people). Now go on to kick the leg that is lifted while the leg at the bottom lifts up. You should do it while you are exhaling to make it easier and simpler.
- You should try your absolute best to ensure that your heels land softly on the wall that you are using for support. At all times your head should be above the ground and your elbows supporting your body weight with your eyes fixed on the floor and in between both of your hands.
- If you are capable of lifting both your legs using the support of the wall then you can proceed to release one leg at a time to attain the perfect balance. In this position you can stay for a duration of 1 minute to 5 minutes depending on how comfortable you are with this position.
- While in this position you can inhale and exhale deeply and do so in a relaxed and calm manner.
- To release this position you can choose to slowly but steadily bring your legs back to the support of your wall. Once supported, you can choose to bring one leg down at a time and come into the Balasana that is otherwise known as the child’s pose.
Following these steps is important for anyone trying the Pincha Mayurasana. This is one of the safest, easiest, and comfortable ways in which you can practice as well as master this asana. Practicing this asana in the mornings is an ideal option for most people.
Benefits Of The Pincha Mayurasana
You can see many people being interested in practicing and perfecting this asana due to the benefits that it has. This is despite the difficulty involved in achieving absolute perfection with this asana. We list a few of the benefits that can be enjoyed with Pincha Mayurasana.
- The blood flow to the brain increases a great deal when you practice this asana regularly. This in turn would end up helping you get rid of stress and increase brain activity.
- Your shoulders, back, core, and forearms are strengthened to a great extent too.
- Traditional yoga states that the Pincha Mayurasana helps your third eye to open. It is said to improve upon your mental abilities too.
- The general balance of your body increases to a great extent with regular practice of this asana.
- This asana also stretches your belly, chest, neck, and shoulders.
Precautions To Be Taken While Doing The Pincha Mayurasana
Since this asana belongs to the advanced level there are many precautions that you should be aware of. You should keep away from the Pincha Mayurasana when you are faced with certain health or medical conditions. Here are the things to remember as precautions:
- Never do this asana while you are pregnant or while you are menstruating.
- Anyone suffering from a heart condition should avoid this asana. People suffering from high blood pressure, injuries to the neck, shoulder, or back, and headache should not practice or attempt this asana.
- You should never be in a hurry to perfect this asana as the chances of injury are higher. Slow progress is good progress with Pincha Mayurasana.
- The Pincha Mayurasana should typically be tried when a person’s body has become flexible with preparatory poses.
- Consulting a general physician about the asana might be a good option for people who suspect underlying health conditions.
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