This posture looks like a peacock, and thus has been named Mayurasan or peacock posture. Just as a peacock (mayur) eats and digests a poisonous snake and digests it, the human digestion system made strong with the practice of this posture can digest and eliminate any poisonous element from the body.
Sit in kurmasan. Keeping the fingers backward, keep both palms in a straight line from the navel, at about four fingers’ distance, on the ground.(Pic-1) Keep the elbows on either side of the navel, and bend the body forward.(Pic-2) Take care that no pressure is felt on the navel. After this bend forward the upper portion of navel. (Pic-3)Keeping the hands in place, make the body parallel to the ground. Balance the body on your hands like a weighing scale. (Pic-4) This is halfway the Mayurasan. Beginners are advised to practice just this till they become proficient in it and their body is perfectly balanced. Then, the next step is to bring together the knees, calf muscles ankles and ankles, and then to stretch the legs in such a manner that the body is elevated and the weight of the body is on the palms. (Pic- 5)
This posture should not be practiced more than three minute at a time.
Benefits and effects
It is wonderful for balance of the body and stability of the mind. This posture helps in attaining stillness of body as well as calmness of mind and is a wonderful way to keep a confused mind balanced. It destroys inertia and inculcates enthusiasm. The pressure on the stomach applied by the elbows regulates the blood flow and when you finish doing it, blood circulates swiftly in the stomach nerves. The digestive system gets stronger. Problems related to digestive system are cured. The intestines get stronger and constipation is cured. The stomach, intestines, and the related organs become able and strong. Stomach and colon related problems are cured.
The chest, lungs, ribs, kidneys, liver, pancreas and sexual organs are also affected in a good way which makes the above said organs and glands efficient and gives the person’s body a glow. It helps improve the eyesight. The elbows apply pressure on the abdomen and the pancreas, which prevents diabetes. Apart from this, the spine, neck, palms and wrists are strengthened by this asana. It is very good for pre-mature graying and falling of hair. It enhances natural glow and beauty of the face.
People suffering from hypertension, tuberculosis, cardiac diseases and hernia should avoid this posture.