Gomukhasana (Cow Face) – Overview

Lesson 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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