Gomukhasana – The Cow Pose
What is Gomukhasana?
The name Gomukhasana is derived from Sanskrit word ‘Go’ means ‘cow’, ‘mukh’ means ‘face’ and ‘asana’ means ‘pose’.
Sanskrit words Go mean cow and Mukha head. The Gomukhasana is meant to achieve lightness of the head, since the other meaning for the word Go is “light”. But the asana is none the less named the Cow Pose since the thighs and calves of the practitioner while in this pose looks like the face of a cow.
Anatomically focusing on the ankles, hips, thighs, shoulders and chest, the pose stretches these body parts along with armpits and triceps. Therapeutically it is said to be extremely beneficial for those with type-II diabetes.
Caution: Those who have neck injury or shoulder problems should not perform this pose.
Here’s a step by step guide for Gomukhasana
1. Sit with legs straight on the yoga mat on the floor.
2. Bend the left leg and place it over the right thigh so that the left heel touches the outer side of the right bottom.
3. Bend the right leg and place the right heel beside the left bottom.
4. Both bottoms remain on the floor.
5. Raise the right arm and bend it behind the head so that the elbows point in upward direction.
6. Bring the left arm behind the back and clasp the fingers of both arms together.
7. The head remains straight and rests on the right forearm.
8. Look up and breathe in normally and hold the position for 30 seconds and release. Come back to the starting position.
9. Practice this exercise on the other side. Repeat this activity 10 times every day.
The benefits of Gomukhasana are several. They are as follows:
1. It brings in relaxation. It gives relaxation to the tense muscles.
2. It stretches the ankle region, hips, thighs, shoulders and your spinal cord.
3. It cures illnesses like diabetes and blood pressure. It is also very helpful in the overall health of a person too.
4. It benefits people suffering from sciatica pain.
5. This asana also helps in reducing tension from the hip and shoulder region.
Gomukhasana Dos and Don’ts
People suffering from grave neck and shoulder problems are advised not to do this asana.Also, those who have joint pain problem and knee injury are advised not to perform this asana. People suffering from elbow injuries are suggested not to perform this asana.