Strike a Yoga Pose: Cow Face

Sometimes it's nice to do a relaxing pose that stretches your muscles, but doesn't require a large amount of strength or energy. This pose called Cow Face is really calming, yet gives your hips and shoulders an awesome stretch.

The name is intriguing and you might be wondering why is it called Cow Face? Take a look at yourself in a mirror while doing this pose. Your crossed legs are the lips, and your bent elbows are the ears. See it now?

Sanskrit Name: Gomukhasana
English Translation: Cow Face Pose
Also Called: Cow Face

Want to see how to get into this pose? Then read more

  • Begin sitting on your mat with your legs out in front of you as if you were about to do a Seated Forward Bend. Now bend your left leg and sit on your heel. If this is uncomfortable, just place your left heel to the outside of your right hip.
  • Now bend your right knee and cross your thigh over your left thigh, bringing your right heel beside your left hip.
  • If you want to go further, reach your right arm straight up above your head. Then bend your left elbow, and sweep your left arm behind your back. Bend your right elbow and try to touch or clasp both hands together at the middle of your spine. If you can't reach your hands, hold opposite ends of a towel or strap.
  • Try to sit nice and tall, with your neck and spine straight. You can press your head back slightly against your right arm to open your shoulder even more.
  • Stay here for 5 or more breaths and then gently release. Shake out your arms a little and then do the other side.

Fit's Tips: If you love Cow Face pose, here's another shoulder stretch for you to try.

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