How to Practise Peacock Pose?

The peacock pose or Mayurasana comes in the series of twelve basic poses of hatha yoga. This pose is a difficult balancing pose and effective in strengthening wrists, arms and shoulders. It even improves digestion. It also improves determination and concentration.

How to Practice Peacock Pose?

Peacock Pose

  • Kneel on the floor, knees wide, and sit on your heels. Lean forward and press your palms on the floor with your fingers turned back toward your torso (thumbs pointing out to the sides).
  • Bend your elbows slightly and touch the pinky sides of your hands and the outer forearms (up to the elbows) together. Then bend your elbows to a right angle and slide your knees to the outside of your arms and forward of your hands.
  • Lean your front torso onto the backs of your upper arms and burrow your elbows deep into your belly at or below the navel.
  • If your elbows slide apart, you can bind them together with a strap. Position the strap just above your elbows. If you can’t quite manage the full pose (as described in the next step), support your feet on a block (sitting on one of its sides), placed near the back end of your sticky mat.
  • Firm your belly against the pressure of the elbows. Lower your forehead to the floor. Then, straighten your knees and stretch your legs out behind your torso, tops of your feet on the floor.
  • Firm your buttocks and round your shoulders slightly downward. Lift your head off the floor and look forward.
  • Lean your weight slightly forward if your legs and buttocks are firm and active, this slight shift of weight will lever your feet off the floor. Position your torso and legs approximately parallel to the floor.
  • Hold at first for about 10 seconds, gradually increasing your time to 30 seconds as you gain more experience with the pose. Then lower your head and feet to the floor, bend your knees, and lift your torso off your arms.

Benefits of Peacock Pose

  • Improves balancing
  • Strengthens the wrists, arms and shoulders
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs
  • Improves digestion, relieves constipation and indigestion as this asana puts pressure on the abdominal region
  • Elongates the muscles of fingers, wrists and forearms
  • Very beneficial for those who spend more time in front of the computer


Peacock pose should be avoided by those suffering from cervical spondylitis.

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