The Gomukhasana yoga or the cow face pose is useful to tone up the muscles in the arms, legs and back. The original Indian name of this yoga is Gomukhasana. The word ‘Go’ means cow and face is the meaning of the word ‘Mukha’. The name of the yoga is named like this as the person practicing it bears resemblance to a cow-face that is wide at one end and narrow at the other.
Please follow the instructions mentioned below while practicing Gomukhasana
Sit in a position with head and spine upright. Pull out your legs forward so that your knees and heels are positioned together. Keep your palms on the ground close to the hips. Lift up the body above ground level so that the right leg would be bent backwards and try to sit on the right foot. Turn the left leg in such a way that the left knee is over the right knee and the left heel and the right heel are touched.
Move the right arm towards back. Curve it at the elbow and raise the forearm upward. Raise the left arm above the shoulder, curve it at elbow and put the left hand at the back just below the neck. Lock the fingers of both hands at the back of the shoulder blades and do it with keeping your head straight.
Try to be in the same position for a while. Breathe normally as long as you can.
Just interchange the words ‘right’ and ‘left’ and repeat the position to ensure that both of the legs and arms are uniform.
The following are some of the benefits of practicing Gomukhasana yoga:
It helps mainly in developing the muscles in the legs, arms, and trunk. It minimizes cramp and strains. It enhances the strength of bones and flexibility of joints in both the legs and arms.
The yoga posture helps in curing the digestive problems.
The stretching of chest facilitates the lungs and heart and that of spine helps the back portion.
This yoga position is recommended to practice Breath Control and Meditation.
Initially, you may feel difficulties in stretching your legs and arms to get the perfect position. However, regular practice will result in perfection. Beginners who have inflexible joints should perform this yoga with a lot of care. It is better to take padding under the sit bones. Hold a strip between the hands if they are not able to meet at the back.