What is Tadasana Gomukhasana (mountain pose with hands held in the shape of a cows face)
- Tadasana Gomukhasana is a variation of Tadasana, the mountain pose.
- Gomukha is a Sanskrit term which means “a cow’s face”
- The final pose of this asana gives the form of the interlinked hands which is in the shape of gomukha.
Benefits of Tadasana Gomukhasana
- Boosts confidence and helps to treat depression
- Alleviates cervical spondylosis
- Improves breathing by opening up the chest
- This Pose activates the muscles of the shoulders and back.
- This Yoga Pose helps to increase the flexibility of the front chest
- Strengthens the knee joints
- Reduces sciatic pain
- The stretch in the arms helps relieve arthritis in the shoulders, elbows, wrists, and fingers.
- Corrects the flat feet
- This Yoga Asana is most useful to strengthen the muscles on the back chest as well
Contraindications and Cautions
- Stress-related headaches
- eye strain
- low blood pressure
- Osteoarthritis of the knees
- if you have had polio, or any congenital deformity of the legs, or are knockkneed, keep your feet about 10 in (25 cm) apart.
- if you have backaches, a slipped disc, a displaced uterus, or pain in the wrist, keep your big toes together and your heels slightly apart.
How to do Tadasana Gomukhasana – Step by Step Instructions
- Select an uncovered surface which must be even and Stand in Tadasana on your feet
- Now take your left arm behind you and make sure the back of your left palm is on the middle of your back.
- Then slowly raise your right arm.
- Now Bend your right elbow and move your hand slowly down, make sure your palm needs to be facing your body.
- Place your right palm on your left palm and interlink the fingers of both hands.
- If this proves difficult, touch the fingertips of both hands to each other.
- Do not force your arms to bend—give yourself time to adjust to the action.
- Consciously relax your arms.
- Open your right armpit to create space between your chest and your upper right arm.
- Keep your right elbow pointed up and back, and your right forearm close to your head.
- Lower your left elbow further.
- Then place the back of your left wrist on your back.
- Hold the pose for 20-30 seconds.
- Repeat the pose on the other side.