Tadasana Gomukhasana (mountain pose with hands held in the shape of a cows face) – 6 Benefits

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

  1. Boosts confidence and helps to treat depression
  2. Alleviates cervical spondylosis
  3. Improves breathing by opening up the chest
  4. This Pose activates the muscles of the shoulders and back.
  5. This Yoga Pose helps to increase the flexibility of the front chest
  6. Strengthens the knee joints
  7. Reduces sciatic pain
  8. The stretch in the arms helps relieve arthritis in the shoulders, elbows, wrists, and fingers.
  9. Corrects the flat feet
  10. This Yoga Asana is most useful to strengthen the muscles on the back chest as well

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Stress-related headaches
  • Migraines
  • eye strain
  • insomnia
  • low blood pressure
  • Osteoarthritis of the knees
  • Diarrhea
  • Leukorrhea
  • 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

Step 1

  • 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.

Step 2

  • 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.


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