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Asana name: Cow Face Pose

Sanskrit name: Gomukhasan

Meaning: Cow Face Pose

General Benefits:
Useful alternative to the other meditative asanas. Outer muscles of the thighs are stretched. Pelvic and reproductive organs are toned and massaged. Cures cramp in legs, make leg muscles elastic. Back become erect in meditative pose. Good for pelvic structure, inner muscles of thighs, reproductive organs.


Benefits for Women:
Upper back issues, posture, Asthma, Anxiety, Stress, Diabetes, general backache.


Therapeutic Applications:
In sitting position bend the left leg and place the left foot on the ground over the right knee. Bend the right leg and fold it so that it is resting on the ground with the right heel near the left buttock. Adjust the right knee so that it rests on the left knee. Place the hands either on the knee or on the respective foot whichever is comfortable. Hold the head, back and neck straight. Close the eyes and relax.


Taking the Position:
To release the asana, release the hands to your sides. Straighten the bottom leg in front of you. Straighten the other leg returning to sitting position. Now practice on the other side.


Releasing the Positions:
To release the asana, bring your hands to the ground and support your upper body with your elbows. Slowly release the head from the ground, straighten the neck and raise your body up from the hips. Raise your knees and shift your weight onto your toes. Straighten the left leg. Straighten the right leg and lower the buttocks to the ground returning to sitting position.


Anatomical Focus:
Pelvic region, chest, entire spine


Anatomical Awareness:
On pelvic region, hips.


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Don'ts:


Precautions & Contraindications:
Pain in knee.


Variations & Tips:


Preparatory Poses:


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Follow-up Poses:


Position:
Sitting.