Gorakshasana – Right Method, Benefits, Dosha Effects


By Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) & Dr Manasa, B.A.M.S
Gorakshasana is also called as ‘Goraknath Pose’ or ‘Cowherd Pose’. It is an intermediate level yoga pose. It is a remedy for various mental and physical health ailments. It is one of the advanced seated Yoga posture. It is often used for meditation. It is described in Hatha Yoga texts including Shiva Samhita (14th century), Hatha Yoga Pradipika (15th century) and Gheranda Samhita (17th century).
Read – Yogasana – Spiritual, Physical And Mental Benefits, Classification

Word Meaning

Go = cow
Raksha = protect / protector

Goraksha, thus carries one of the below mentioned meanings –

  • protector of cows or
  • protector of cowherds
  • cowherd
  • protector of earth
  • protector of sense organs

Yogi Goraknath, one of the founders of Nath Sampradaya system who belonged to 10th century CE is said to have practiced this pose for meditation. Therefore this…

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