GAUMUKHASANA(Cow Face Posture)
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- Sit in Dhyana veerasana so that the right knee is directly above the left knee.
- Stretch the left arm to the right side and fold it behind the back.
- Stretch the right arm up above the head, then fold it over the right shoulder.
- The back of the left hand should lie in contact with the spine while the palm of the right hand rests against the spine.
- Try to clasp the fingers of both hands behind the back.
- Bring the raised elbow behind the head so that the head presses against the inside of the raised arm.
- The spine should be erect and the head back. Close the eyes.
- Stay in this position for up to 2 minutes.
- Unclasp the hands, straighten the legs and repeat with the left knee uppermost and the left arm over the left shoulder.
Contributors to Gaumukhasana
- Gomukhasana is very good posture to remove the stiffness of the spine, neck and shoulders.
- This posture very good to induce relaxation.
- This posture helps to ease away tension, so found useful in treating stress-originated diseases like hypertension, diabetes and sexual disorders.
- Gomukhasana helps develop chest and to increase depth of breathing.
- While practicing Gomukhasana the muscles of the lower back, buttocks and the knees are properly stretched so Gomukhasana is beneficial in backache, sciatica and rheumatism.
- Pelvic and reproductive organs are toned and massaged by regular practice of Gomukhasana.
Contraindications and Cautions;
- Avoid Gomukhasana if you have serious back or shoulder problems.
- If there is pain in the knees or hips, try not to extend the feet too far back.
- Avoid this asana if you have piles.
- The Cow Face Posture has been demonstrated by Ms Niharika Raval, who is a part of Yoga Archanam Project at Surendranagar, Gujarat, India, pursuing PhD in Dance.
- The Gaumukhasana Procedure has been provided by Sri Viral Raval, who is a part of Yoga Archanam Project at Surendranagar, Gujarat, India, pursuing PhD in Yoga
- The limitations and benefits of Gaumukhasana been given by Ms Niharika Raval
- The Physiology of Gaumukhasana been designed and provided by Dr E Amaravathi, a Master in Physiotherapy currently pursuing PhD in Yoga and also teaching at Ajarya Yoga Academy
- The Scientific Explanation and Clinical Significance (available only to registered Ajarya teachers) of Gaumukhasana been provided by
Dr E Amaravathi,teaching currently at Ajarya Yoga Academy
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