• The Art of Floating: The Lowdown on Peacock Pose, BAHIRANGA.COM MARCH 2017

    Posted in Articles by Eric Shaw

    There are alot of modern poses that are shockingly complex and hard to do.

    The Newer New

    In the face of thousands of years of posemaking that have gone before, today’s yogis design ever-more complex poses chasing a “newer new”

    Even though it’s been around for half a thousand years, trusty old Mayurasana finds itself in the same “complex and hard to do” category


    We read about it in the 500-year-old Hatha Yoga Pradipika (HYP).

    As you see here, its shape is unusual and—arguably—unnatural.

    It supplies a delightful physical challenge and benefits to balance, strength, and endurance.

    But, is that reason enough master this pose?”

    Figure 1. A circa 1820 wall painting from the Maha Mandir in Jodhpur, India.

    The Old Texts

    When we look at yoga history, we notice that the old texts offer simple pose instructions, but make BIG promises about what a yoga pose can do for you.

    We see this with Mayuranasa.

    They offer some of the most interesting promises we find in yoga history and philosophy!

    The HYP, chapter 1, verses 30 – 31, says:

    “Hold the Earth with both hands. Place the sides of the navel on the elbows. Rise high above the ground like a stick. This is Mayurasana.



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