Biomechanics of Feathered Peacock Pose (Pincha mayurasana)

10 Dec

Pincha mayurasana

Dristhi

Nasikagra Mudra (nose tip gazing) towards the floor.

Bandhas

The activation of Mula and Uddiyana Bandhas is essential in Pincha Mayurasana to support and stabilize the inverted torso as the legs are lifted into a vertical position and to maintain the vertical nintegrity of the torso and legs wile the asana is practiced.

Biomechanics

The fingers, hands and forearms pressing into the floor create a strong stable rectangular foundation that can support Pincha Mayurasana safely and securely. Activating the muscles of the hands, forearms, upper arms and shoulders creates the force to lift the body and head away from the floor Mulabandha is essential to support and internally stabilize the connection of the pelvis to the legs and the lumbar spine especially at S1L5 so that the pelvis cannot tilt and lose its vertical alignment. Activating the outer muscles, obliques, transverse and rectus abdominals and wrapping them around the inner core of created by Mulabandha creates a muscular girdle that supports and stabilizes the legs, pelvis and lower back which are then easily maintained in a vertical position. Activating Uddiyanabandha internally supports and stabilizes the ribcage and activating the outer muscles of intercostals, serratus anterior, pectoralis, rhomboid major and minor, latissimus dorsi and trapezius to wrap around the inner core created by Uddiyanabandha creates an outer muscular girdle that supports and stabilizes the ribcage, shoulders and upper arms that supports the weight of the body on the foundation of the forearms. A scissor kick is used to propel the body and upper leg into an inverted vertical position, the upper leg acting like a pendulum to create the momentum in the swing needed to raise the body through the horizontal plane into a vertical position. The upper inverted vertical leg is then used to counterbalance the lower leg as it scissors towards the upper leg or if the upper leg has traveled too far over the head the lower leg is used to counterbalance the upper leg as they come together in a vertical position like the blades of a pair of scissors. Pincha Mayurasana yoga asana is held in a vertical position with the forearms pushing into the floor lifting the head and body away from the floor while the legs are extended in the opposite direction towards the ceiling pushing through the inner heels of the feet.

Doshas

Pincha Mayurasana promotes Vata and Pitta Doshas and reduces Kapha Dosha

Chakras

Focus upon Muladhara Chakra the element of earth which represents strength, stability, balance and support and Vishuddha Chakra the element of Akasha which represents connection with consciousness.

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