Peacock Pose (Mayurasana) Variation with Blocks

Peacock pose strengthens the shoulders, elbows, wrists, and core, improving posture. It can help to improve concentration and reduce stress and anxiety.

Placing blocks at either end of the body provides a transition into this difficult posture, and students can remove one block at a time as they move into Full Peacock.

Peacock Pose with Blocks: How to Do it Step-by-Step

Step 1

Place a block at the top and end of your mat, with the base of your mat against a wall for additional support.

Step 2

Begin by kneeling on your mat and sit back on the heels. Lean forward and press your palms into the mat, with your fingers facing your feet and the thumbs pointing out to the sides.

Step 3

Start to bend your elbows and hug your pinkies and forearms together. Then bend the elbows at a 90-degree angle and lean forward to rest your chin on a block.

Step 4

Bring the legs back, placing them one at a time onto the block at the base of your mat and pressing your feet into the wall.

Step 5

Keep the core and buttocks engaged, and keep hugging your arms together to prevent the elbows from opening up. Remain in this pose for 3-5 breaths, then release by slowly lowering the legs and then moving back into a kneeling position.