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Yoga: stabilizing the Mayurasana posture with a belt

Mayurasana Posture (the Peacock)

Mayurasana Posture (the Peacock)

Yoga is an ancient practice from India which tries to unify the spiritual and physical world. The word "Yoga" comes from the Sanskrit word "yuj" which means "to unite or integrate". Hatha Yoga or Yoga of Postures is the most popular branch of Yoga in the West because it can lead to better health by stretching the muscles, increasing flexibility, and improving strength. Hatha Yoga also includes breathing techniques and meditation. Physical poses are called Asanas, and the breathing techniques are called Pranayama.

Many of the postures in yoga can only be achieved by regular practice to gradually build the required flexibility, coordination, and strength. Mayurasana, the peacock posture, requires maintaining the body horizontal while the torso is supported by the elbows. Perspiration or slippery hairy arms may prevent you from achieving this posture even when you have the necessary strength and flexibility. This can be frustrating and dangerous because if your elbows slip, you can hit your face on the floor.

The Mayurasana position may be stabilized by using a belt at the elbows as shown in the photograph below. The belt keeps the elbows from slipping on the torso.
Belt to stablilize Mayurasana yoga posture

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tyler newman said,
2010-09-01 @ 02:29:41

Hi Mr. Z! Just thought I'd give this site a shot and I'm practicing the peacock posture (under your fitness tab). Oh my! My poor nose! You're right about strength. You need strong biceps, triceps and an extremely strong back. I workout like a madman during the winter through summer (the off season for football) and I can't even do that! Must keep trying. I'll let you know if I get it.

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