Gomukhasana – The Cow Face Pose

Gomukhasana or the Cow Face Pose benefits those with diabetes, stiff back or shoulders, backaches and sexual ailments. In Sanskrit ‘Go’ means the ‘cow’, ‘Mukha’ means the ‘face’ and ‘Asana’ means the ‘pose’.Gomukhasana makes the shoulders and back flexible.


How to do Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose)?

  1. Sit on the floor with legs extended in front of you.
  2. Fold the left leg and place it under the right buttocks
  3. Fold the right leg, and place it on top of the left thighs.
  4. The knees of both the legs should be close to each other, one above the other.
  5. Bend your left arm and place it behind the back.
  6. Bend your right arm, take it over the right shoulders and place it on the back as far as it can go.
  7. Now try to touch the two hands behind the back. Initially you may be able to just touch the fingers. Later as you develop flexibility, you will be able to catch the left hand with the right hand.
  8. Keep the truck erect and expand your chest. Also pull the head a little to the back.
  9. Maintain this position for as long as comfortable. In the final position, breathe normally and deeply, with awareness on the breath.


Benefits of Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose)

  1. Gomukhasana helps to make the back flexible.
  2. It can remove stiff shoulders and backpain.
  3. It helps in the treatment of sciatica.
  4. It stimulates the kidneys and can help those suffering from diabetes.
  5. It helps to develop the chest.
  6. It helps in sexual ailments.