Peacock Pose: How-to, Tips, Benefits

In our beginner yoga pose series, Michael Taylor from Strala Yoga in New York City, demonstrates and gives us the scoop on Peacock.

How-to:  From hands and knees, turn your hands out and around so fingers are facing backward. Have your hands about 6 inches apart, bend your elbows, and lower your body onto your upper arms. Your elbows will be at your lower abdomen. Bring your upper arms parallel to the ground and lean your weight forward to extend your legs and lift them off the ground.

Tips: Your hands and elbows can be together or apart, depending on balance on how it feels in your abdomen, so try both. For an easier way to lift your legs off the ground, bring the bottoms of your feet together, knees out to the sides, and lift from there.

Benefits: Builds arm strength, balance, and concentration. Good for circulation.

Michael Taylor is a yoga guide at Strala Yoga in New York City. (Michael prefers "guide" to "instructor"). He's practiced Eastern movement and healing techniques for more than two decades. He holds a degree in mind-body medicine from Harvard, and studied alternative medicine and psychology at Oxford. Mike is also the CEO of social media company Odyl, climbs a few mountains in his spare time, and is the husband of yoga master Tara Stiles.

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