Mayura means “peacock.”
Aids concentration; good for digestion; strengthens arm muscles.
1. Kneel on the floor. Sit back on your heels with your knees apart.
2. Place your palms on the floor inverted. Fingers should be facing you.
3. Bend forward, keeping your arms up to the elbow straight, and place the top of your head on the floor. Your elbows should be parallel, pressing into the upper part of your abdomen.
4. Stretch your legs back, keeping the knees off the floor and the feet together. Weight ought to be on your toes, hands, and head.
5. Lift your head. Inhale and gently shift forward on your arms, lifting the toes up and balancing on your hands.
6. The legs should remain straight. Breathe into the pose and hold as long as you can. Exhale and release, coming down on your toes.
Note: This is an advanced, strenuous pose. If you have weak wrists or little strength, this will not be the pose for you. As in all poses, you can do the preparation part of the pose and still gain the benefits, without actually doing the entire pose.