What is GOMUKHASANA (THE COW FACE POSE):
Gomukhasana takes its name from the Sanskrit words ‘Go’, meaning cow, ‘Mukha’, meaning face, and ‘Asana’, meaning pose or posture.
This posture is pronounced as: go-moo-KAHS-anna.
Beside this, while doing Gomukhasana, it also resembles like a The Cow Face.
HOW TO DO GOMUKHASANA (THE COW FACE POSE):
- Sit erect on the ground with your legs stretched out in front of you, preferably in Dandasana.
- Now gently bend your left leg, and place it under your right buttock.
- Fold your right leg and place it over your left thigh.
- Place both your knees close together as they are stacked one on top of the other.
- Gently fold your left arm and place it behind your back.
- Take your right arm over your right shoulder, and stretch it as much as you can until it reaches your left hand.
- Keep the trunk erect, expand your chest, and lean slightly back.
Hold this pose for as long as you are comfortable, as you breathe slowly and deeply. Concentrate on your breathing
BENEFITS OF GOMUKHASANA (THE COW FACE POSE):
- Gomukhasana is very effective in daily stressful life. It ia a great tool for killing stress and anxiety.
- Increases whole body elasticity and flexibility.
- Cures sciatica.
- Helps in high blood-pressure
- Reproductive organs are toned up.
- All the body parts get massaged very well with the all-around technique of Gomukhasana
- Cures stiff shoulders
- Elongates spine
- Beneficial for those with bad posture
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Strengthens back muscles
- It enhances the working of the kidneys, thereby helping those suffering from diabetes.
- Strengthens muscles of ankles, hips, thighs, shoulders, triceps, inner armpits and chest.
- Regular practice of this yoga also helps in weight loss.
CONTRAINDICATIONS OF GOMUKHASANA (THE COW FACE POSE) :
1. Shoulder pain or injury.
2. It is advisable not to do the asana when any of the body parts which are stretched while doing the posture are in heavy pain.
3. Soft tissue injury in leg.
4. Muscle tear or pain in thighs
5. Bleeding piles.