The Sanskrit word Go refers to Cow and Mukha refers to face. Hence the posture Gomukhasana is also known The cow-face posture. Individuals with severe shoulder or neck problems are advised to avoid this posture.
- Bend the legs at the knees and sit on the curve of toes and soles, with heels kept apart underneath the hips.
- The body should be kept erect with palms placed on the respective knees. Breathing can be normal and gentle.
- Inhale and bend the right hand at the elbow and bring it to the back, slowly pressing the back of the palm against the spine with the fingers pointing in upward direction.
- Similarly do with the left hand, and try to touch the fingers of both the hands at the back and if possible, interlock the fingers.
- Try and raise the elbow of left hand upwards in the same interlocked pose, and breathe normally. Remain in this posture for about 30 seconds.
- While releasing the posture, first loosen the grip of the fingers, slowly bring hands to the thighs and relax.
This Asana is excellent for strengthening the knees, waist and feet. It is particularly useful for patients with Tuberculosis, Asthma and other such respiratory disorders. Gomukhasana has a curative effect on all major joints of the body like the toes, the finger joints, hip joints etc. All the muscles of the nerves and muscles of various joints are automatically stimulated and activated. It also enhances the strength of the heart and lungs and keeps the body flexible.