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Cow Face

Gomukhasana

go-moo-KHAH-sah-nah
Cow Face
Pose categories
Primary body parts engaged
Secondary
Muscle Groups
Stretches shoulders, triceps and chest
Stimulates reproductive organs
Relieves tiredness, anxiety and tension

How to perform cow face

  1. Sit on your heels with your knees together. Lengthen your spine.
  2. Bend your left arm behind your back and bring the hand in between your shoulder blades, palm facing away.
  3. Reach your right arm up with an inhale. Bend your elbow with an exhale and clasp your fingers behind your back.
  4. Hold the pose and take slow, deep breaths.
  5. Release your arms and change sides.
Alignment cues
  • Lengthen spine
  • Keep neck neutral and relaxed
  • Gently stretch elbows vertically away from each other and toward midline
Modification: Women: Sit on the floor and cross your right leg over the left. Stack your knees on top of each other and point your toes behind you.
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Cow Face (Gomukhasana in Sanskrit) is a beginner yoga pose that belongs to the seated category. This asana targets chest, shoulders and triceps, and also involves knees and quadriceps muscles. Cow face stimulates reproductive organs; stretches shoulders, triceps and chest and also relieves tiredness, anxiety and tension. Refer to the illustration and instructions above for how to perform this posture correctly. Discover more yoga asanas and yogic breathing exercises in our free yoga pose directory – a visual resource for yoga teacher training students as well as practitioners of all levels. Finally, shop our best-selling Yoga Cards products!

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