Good morning Yogis! Today the start of Taurus Season – Happy Birthday Taurus Yogis! We will cover a new Asana today inspired by Taurus – Gomukhasana (GO-muh-KAH-sa-nuh) or Cow Face Pose. We did just cover Cow Pose or Bitilasana, but I feel Cow Face is a better representative for Taurus: Taurus is ruled by Venus and Venus is the Roman Goddess of Love, and Gomukhasana is an even deeper chest-opener.
Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is to try Gomukhasana or Cow Face Pose inspired by the start of Taurus Season! Remember to note which leg is on top, and have your opposite arm raised up behind your head. Always remember to practice this Asana on both sides!
GOMUKHASANA – COW FACE POSE
Start in a comfortable kneeling position.
Shift your hips to lean towards the right of your feet. Swing your left leg on top of your right, stacking your knees. Make sure your hip bones both stay grounded evenly. Use your hands to place your legs comfortably and evenly on each side.
Bring your right arm above your head and bend at the elbow between your shoulders. Reach your left arm behind and up, and try to reach your fingers. You will need a lot of mobility to grasp your hands together – consider using a strap to work into this pose or for more targeted shoulder and chest-opening.
Take note of your hips, shoulders, and ears and make sure your back is straight. Breathe deeply into your belly and hold for 30-60 seconds. Remember to practice on both sides!
GOMUKHASANA Variation – ShoeLACE POSE
If traditional Gomukhasana is too difficult on your hips or shoulders, try a more passive variation – Shoelace. Come into Cow Face legs above with knees stacked. Take a deep inhale, and as your exhale, lean your upper body straight forward over your legs. You can walk your hands straight ahead of you, or hold on to each foot. This will focus more on hip opening, and help get more comfortable with this new lower body position.
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Please comment and let us know how Cow Face Pose was for you! Have you practiced this pose before? Did you use a strap? Do you want to share an Asana inspiration for your sign’s pose? Always remember, be kind!