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Kukkutasana is an asana. In Sanskrit kukkuta means a cockerel or a rooster and asana means a pose. In the final position, it resembles a rooster.
- First sit in the Lotus Pose (Padmasana).Kukkutasana-steps
- Put your arms in-between the gape of your thighs and calf muscles, and your palms should touch the ground or floor through this gape.
- Now spread out your fingers, pointing forward.
- push your palms as much as possible. After that, breathe in while you try to lift your body.
- You have to support your body weight by your palms. By daily practice, you will gain the ability to achieve balance.
- Hold the Position for 1 to 5 minutes and breathes normally.
- Breathe out and release the pose and get back to the ground.
- As per your convenience repeat the pose as much as you can.
Technique in pictures/animation
- This asana makes the muscles in the arms and the shoulders strong.
- It also helps to make the chest broader.
- The legs are loosened up.
- This asana builds balance and stability and also helps you focus.
- The perineum contracts during this asana, therefore, the muscles are strengthened.
- This asana activates and regulates the Muladhara Chakra.
- It stimulates the digestive system.
- It helps relieve menstrual discomfort and hip pain.
It is essential to practice this pose correctly to avoid injury.
- Keep the spine erect as hunching will lead to misalignment of the body in the pose.
- Avoid practicing Cockerel Pose in case you suffer from any of these: high blood pressure, heart or lung problems, back pain, hernia, prolapse, gastric ulcers, enlarged spleen or knee injuries.
Initial practice notes
- As a Learner or Beginner, it may be difficult to get this asana right. These pointers will help you keep up the stance easily.
- Turn your look to a specific point of convergence at a separation and focus on it. This ought to help you look after equalization.
- This is one of the Asanas prescribed in Hatha Yoga Pradipika.