Challenge Pose: Mayurasana

Build endurance as you move step by step into Mayurasana.
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PREVIOUS STEP IN YOGAPEDIA 3 Ways to Prep for Mayurasana


Mayura = Peacock · Asana = Pose

Strengthens your abdominals, back, wrists, and hands; improves posture

Stay Safe

As with most asana, it takes time to build endurance. Keep your elbows close together, otherwise your torso will slide onto the floor between your forearms. Don’t hurry! It is fine to remain anywhere in the various stages of entry and try again another day. Your breath is the greatest indicator that you are safe in an asana. If you’re restricting, holding, or forcing your breath, it’s time to exit the pose and try again later. 

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Teacher and model David Swenson began teaching yoga in 1972 and today is recognized as one of the world’s foremost instructors of Ashtanga Yoga. He is one of a handful of people worldwide who has learned the entire Ashtanga system as originally taught by K. Pattabhi Jois. Swenson has produced eight Ashtanga Yoga DVDs and is the author of Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual, which has been translated into 14 languages.