Happy Hump-asana Day: Mayurasana or Peacock

Happy Hump-asana Day, fellow yogis! Get your minds out of the gutter – Hump-asana Day, traditionally known as Wednesday or “Hump Day” in lamens/peasant/working-folk tongue, is a mid-week yogi treat. Hump-asana Day features a snippet of a pose worth spending some time exploring. And since they’re ALL worth exploring, we’ll never run out of poses for Hump-asana Day – rejoice!

Hump-asana pose for today: Mayurasana (Advanced Variation)

Looks a li’ul [British accent] like this:

I'm flyyyyyyyyyyyyyying!

Selfish admission: I am currently completely obsessed with the above variation of mayurasana. I can’t stop doing it. It’s actually getting out of control: I nailed this version during a two-hour vinyasa flow and was so stoked that when I came home I did it three more times; on the third time, my shoulders gave out and intense chin rugburn followed = not very cool (shame on me for showing-off). That said, there are tons of benefits to performing mayurasana or peacock, one of which is digestive health, so don’t be surprised if you feel a little rumble in your tum-tum after performing this pose. Elbow pressure on the lower abdomen encourages cleansing of the digestive tract and “toning” of the abdomen. Also, according to the Hindus, the peacock symbolizes love and immortality – it’ll make you feel invincible! Just don’t get too carried away or you’ll end up with chin rugburn…

Does anyone else share my fondness for this posture? What pose are you currently obsessed with? Is it a physical asana or another element of your practice?

Published by Amanda Niznik

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