This asana has a great deal of benefits, especially when it comes to detoxification. It should be performed at the end of each asana session. It speeds up the circulation quite vigorously and tends to increase the amount of toxins in the blood as part of the process of purification. Therefore, it should never be practiced before any inverted posture as it may direct excess toxins to the brain.
How to do mayurasana?
– Kneel on the floor.
– Place the feet together and separate the knees.
– Lean forward and place both the palms between the knees on the floor with fingers pointing towards the feet. The hands position will have to be adjusted according to comfort and flexibility.
– Bring the elbows and forearms together.
– Lean further forward and rest the abdomen on the elbows and the chest on the upper arms.
– Stretch the legs backward so they are strait and together.
– Tense the muscles of the body and slowly elevate the trunk and legs so that they are horizontal to the floor.
– Hold the head upward.
– The whole body should now be balanced only on the palms of the hands.
– Try to elevate the legs and feet higher, keeping them strait by applying more muscular effort and by adjusting the balance of the body.
– In the final position the weight of the body should be supported by the muscles of the abdomen and not the chest.
– Maintain the final position for a short period of time and slowly lower the body back down.
This asana stimulates the metabolic process which increases secretions from different glands. It stimulates the elimination of toxins from the blood, assisting the removal of skin conditions such as boils. All the digestive organs are massaged and intestinal peristalsis is stimulated. It is useful in managing flatulence, constipation, diabetes and sluggishness of the liver and kidneys. It harmonizes the glands of the endocrine system, develops mental and physical balance , strengthens the muscles of the whole body and develops muscular control.
Mayurasana should not be practiced by people with high blood pressure or any heart ailment, hernia or peptic or duodenal ulcer. This pose should not be attempted if there is any sign of illness or physical weakness. Pregnant women are strongly advised not to practice this asana.
By Catherine Juliano and Manish Pole