Gomukhasana is a combination of three words Go+Mukha+asana which means “Cow face posture”. In other words, it means when this asana is performed, the performer’s posture resembles a cow-head. So it is called Gomukhasana. This is one of the eighty-four asanas of yoga practice.
How to perform this posture:
- Place the left heel on the left side of the anus.
- Bend the right leg in such a way that the right knee rests on the left knee and the sole of the right foot touches the lower part of the left thigh.
- Practice will enable you to bring the right heel to the left thigh.
- Take the left arm to the back, bend it at the elbow and bring it upward.
- Now, raise the right arm, bend it at the elbow and take it to the back.
- Raise the first and the second fingers of the left hand.
- Lower the first and the second fingers of the right hand.
- If the fingers slip away, try again for next two minutes to bring them to the position.
- Breathe slowly and keep the head and the trunk in a straight line.
- Change the hands in turn.
- However, a fat man will find it difficult perform this asana. But constant practice will enable him to practice the asana comfortably.
- Practice this asana four times in the first week.
- Later, gradually increase the frequency and practice it six times.
- Gradually, increase the duration till the limit of fifteen minutes is reached.
Benefits of this GOMUKHASANA “COW FACE ASANA” in YOGA:
- As this yoga posture involves all the three Bandhas, – Uddiyana Bandha, Moola Bandha and Jalandhara Bandha, strongly, Sushumna Nadi naturally gets an abundant flow of oxygen with the result that there is control over the sense organs.
- Tumour in the axils is dissolved by this asana.
- This asana cures rheumatic arthritis of the lower leg, constipation, arm-sprain, loss of appetite, dyspepsia, fissure and backache problems etc.
- Furthermore, this asana also helps in observing celibacy and keeping sound health.
- Moola Bandha stops automatically in this asana and so it is very helpful for practicing Pranayama.
- This asana is also useful for longtime meditation.
- The bones become strong and the joints become flexible with this asanas practice.
- This asana strengthens the lungs, the heart and the chest.
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