By Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) & Dr Manasa, B.A.M.S
Gomukhasana, in this pose the position of the legs resembles the face of a cow and hence the name. The thighs and calves are placed in such a way that they are wide at one end and tapering at the other. It is a seated hip opener pose.
Go = cow
mukha = face
asana = pose
Philosophy related to the pose – the shape of the knees in the pose looks like the lips of a cow. Feet looks like horns of a cow and arms resemble ears of a cow. This pose inspires you to maintain the generosity and calmness of a cow.
According to other opinions, go also means light. Gomukh also means lightness of the head or light in the head.
This pose is found described in darshana upanishad, a 4th century treatise. This pose is often used for practicing meditation and pranayama.
The ideology – this pose actively involved the shoulders and hips. Both these are the seats…