About Feathered Peacock Pose

The feathered peacock pose incorporates an inversion; arm balance and back bend all in one sequence! The feathered peacock position may be quite difficult to master but once you perfect this pose, not only will you have a lot of fun practicing it but you will also realize that it was well worth all the effort. Beginners can make use of a yoga strap to tie the upper forearms together, and a yoga block to keep the elbows and hands in place. Additionally, it is advised to practice the feathered peacock pose sequence against a wall for added support, so that your body does not lose balance and collapse towards the back. Before you dive into performing the feathered peacock posture, practice the Uttanasana, Gomukhasana and Adho Mukha Svanasana as preparatory poses to warm up your muscles.

Step by Step Instructions

Let’s take a look at the guidelines for performing the feathered peacock pose!

  1. Position yourself in the child’s pose (balasana).
  2. Place your upper forearms on the yoga mat in front of you.
  3. Now lift your heels up and shift your toes forward.
  4. Then extend your legs and straighten them out as you would in the downward dog pose. Make sure that your forearms remain in their positions on the yoga mat.
  5. Bring your legs forward and in one smooth movement, kick one leg up and then the other one up towards the ceiling.
  6. Hold your legs in place with your feet aligned over your head. Maintain your balance as you focus on your deep breathing.
  7. Hold the feathered peacock position for 30 seconds to 1 minute or for longer if you can.

Health Benefits

This demanding pose has a rich store of health benefits!

  1. Stretches and strengthens the arms, shoulders and legs.
  2. A great asana for stretching the chest, abdomen and neck.
  3. Enhances the body’s sense of coordination and balance.
  4. Helps the mind and body to relax and unwind.
  5. Can cure anxiety and mild depression.

Things to Remember!

Individuals with headache, heart condition, high blood pressure, neck injuries, back or shoulder injuries should refrain from attempting the feathered peacock posture. Women who are on their menstrual cycle should avoid the feathered peacock pose.