Yoga Pose: Gomukasana

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This is Gomukasana, pronounced (go-moo-KAHS-anna) or cow face pose.

This is an incredible experience of physical heart opening and simultaneous rooting down.

It's philosophy and origin:

The form of this pose is representative of the face of the sacred cow that offers sustenance and sustainability as well as a powerful connection to the earth. Traditionally, the cow in Indian culture revered as a holy animal, and represents nourishment, abundance, and the embodiment of the sacred.

Benefits:

  • Stretches the ankles, hips and thighs, shoulders, armpits and triceps, and chest

Modifications:

For a little bit more in this pose, lean forward and lay the chest down on the inner top thigh. Stay for 20 seconds, then inhale and come up and slowly unravel.