Gomukhasan(Cow Faced Pose) : Benefits, Method, Precautions, Modifications

Gomukhasan Gomukhasan(Cow Faced Pose) : Benefits, Method, Precautions, Modifications

30 Min activity


(Cow faced pose )

Gomukhasana is a sitting pose. The word Gomukhasana is derived from the Sanskrit language. The translated meaning of this pose is Go means cow,Mukha means face,Asan is the pose.
Hence, Gomukhasana is called a cow face pose. The legs look like the lips of a cow and the posture of hands looks like the ear which is up from one side and down on the other. Gomukhasana stretches your entire body. It opens up your shoulder. It increases flexibility and relaxation in your body.
Gomukhasana was originated from Darshana Upanishad in the 4th century. Darshana Upanishad is one of the minor Upanishads of Hinduism in the Sanskrit language.  The text presents classical yoga similar to Patanjali.
This posture forms stability. This pose will help you to maintain stability. A seated yoga posture can be performed along with a seated yoga posture. This pose consists of various health benefits. This pose will open up your hips. It strengthens your hips and shoulder. practicing this pose in the morning with an empty stomach will provide more benefits to you. This pose will open up your chest and shoulders. Practicing this pose might help you in enhancing the health of respiratory organs. This pose could be beneficial in improving your posture. You must practice some preparatory poses before practicing the exercise to avoid any kind of injury. you can practice poses like dandasana or staff pose, sukhasana or comfortable pose, parivrtta sukhasana or twisted comfortable pose, elevated vajrasana or toe crusher pose. you can end up the pose by practicing some follow-up poses like badhha konasana or bound angle pose, balasana, or child pose. practicing preparatory poses or follow-up poses will increase the benefits of the pose and help you to avoid any kind of physical injury. Gomukhasana is a difficult pose to practice for a beginner. So, it becomes very important to practice poses like this to avoid injury and to enhance the benefit of the pose.
Step 1: Sit on the floor with your legs being straight as you sit in a staff pose.
Step 2: Bring the left leg onto the right leg and vice versa to cross the legs as shown in the picture.
Step 3: Your heels should touch the hips or close to the hips. Press your legs downward to straighten your body.
Step 4: Elongate your spine and comfort yourself in the pose.
Step 5: Stretch your hands. Bring your hand’s closure to the backside of your back. One hand should be from the upward direction and the other should go back from the waist.
Step 6: Hold on to this pose for at least 20 seconds or as much as you can. Get back to the initial stage.
Step 7: Repeat the pose at least 5 times.