• 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 the the millennia of posemaking that’s gone before, today’s yogis design ever-more complex poses to establish a “newer new”

    Like so many new asanas, Mayurasana fits in the “complex and hard to do” category.

    But it fits in the tried-and-true “old” pile, too.

    It’s been around for half a thousand years.

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

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

    Surely, it supplies a delightful physical challenge–in addition to 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

    The old texts offer simple pose instructions, but make BIG promises about what a pose can do for you.

    Descriptions of Mayuranasa are a fine example of this.

    They offer some of the most interesting promises we find in the historical record!

    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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