SANSKRIT: Pincha Mayurasana (pin-chah my-yur-AHS-anna)

DESCRIPTION: From an inverted position, with the body perpendicular to the earth, the weight of the body is supported on the forearms that are parallel and pressed firmly into the earth. The palms are flat. The knuckles are evenly pressed into the earth. The fingers are spread wide. Both legs reach up toward the sky in a straight line with the pelvis tucked. The ribcage is lifted. The gaze is forward.

BENEFITS: Strengthens arms and shoulders. Improves focus and balance. Stretches the upper and lower back. Strengthens the abdominal muscles. Tones the abdominal area.