The word “Mayura” means peacock. Since this asana looks like a peacock the name is Mayurasana. The ancient Rishis have observed, nature, animals, birds and creatures living in water so closely that their pose if practiced for man will give special benefits. The bats rest with head down. Monkeys catching hold of a twig hang down raising the head. Thus many asanas have some sort of similarity with the poses of several creatures.
This also comes under the category of difficult asana.
- Spread a soft blanket.
- Place a cushon or a pillow on one end of the blanket.
- Lie down on the blanket, the cushon being near to the head.
- In this position the toes will be on the ground.
- Bend the hands at elbow and place the palmes facing the ground.
- Bring the elbows near the naval region.
- Gently raise both legs from the ground. Raise the head also.
- The whole weight of the body is on the elbows. Since the naval region is almost the central point for the body there will be equal distance on the two sides.
- However, if you happen to fall down there is cushon so that the nose may not be hurt.
- Avoid spectacles during Asana.
- If it is not possible to raise both the legs begin with the raising of one leg at the initial stage.
- Come to the original position slowly.
- A period of ten or twenty seconds is enough for normal person in the early stage.
Fruit of Asana
In a few seconds the entire body gets freshness. Indigestion will be removed. All kinds of liver troubles will be cured. This enables the Kundalini Sakthi to raise.
Note: there is a sub type in this asana which is described as Lolasana. This is easier than Mayurasana. According to my physical frame this is my favourite asana. The procedure is rather simple also. Sit on Padhmasana and lie down.
As in Mayurasana, place the elbows on the naval region. Raise the head and the legs in Padhmasana. Here the chance of falling down is not likely but cushon may be placed to protect the nose. The benefits of Mayurasana are got fully by this also.