Gomukhasan (Cow Face Pose)

Benefits

  • Strengthens muscles of ankles, hips, thighs, shoulders, triceps, inner armpits and chest
  • Stimulates kidneys, Helps in high blood-pressure
  • Reduces stress and anxiety

Tip

  • Start the pose from all fours and cross your legs bringing your left knee to the inside of your right knee. Lower your hips in between your feet.
  • Use a folded blanket or bolster to lift the sitting bones off the floor and support them evenly.

How to do

  • Sit on the yoga mat with your back straight and legs extended in front of you. Put your feet together and place your palms next to your hips.
  • Bend your right leg and place the right feet under your left buttock.
  • Stack your left knee over your right knee.
  • Raise the left arm above your head and bend the elbow. Simultaneously, bring the right arm behind your back and interlock both hands.
  • Take deep breaths and stay as long as you are comfortable.
  • Now, as you exhale, release your arms.
  • Uncross your legs and repeat other side.

Video

Warning

  • Shoulder pain or injury: If you are experiencing excessive shoulder pain, refrain from doing Gomukhasana. 
  • If during this asana you have any kind of leg cramps or you have pain in your knees, then you should immediately leave that posture, do not forcefully try to do this asana. 

Written by drzio

11th June 2020

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