Gomukhasana (Cow Face) – Overview
- Features: Gomukhasana (Cow Face)
- Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
- Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; contraindications and cautions; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions and cues for setting up and practicing the pose; variations to meet particular intentions and needs; and more teaching considerations.
“go” = cow
“mukha” = face
Cow Face Pose
Gomukha means one whose face resembles a cow. It also means a kind of a musical instrument narrow at one end and broad at the other like the face of a cow. – B.K.S. Iyengar
Gomukha is the name of the source of the river Ganges, a sacred place of pilgrimage. (Joseph LePage)
Heart of Pose
- Hip & Shoulder Stretch
This pose is good preparation for other poses. Top arm prepares for Handstand, Forearm Balance and Headstand. Bottom arm prepares for twists and Shoulderstand. (Rodney Yee)
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