Cockerel Pose (Kukkutasana)

Kukkuta, also known as the Cockerel Pose, is a Sanskrit word which means a Rooster. When the practitioner demonstrates the arm balancing yoga asana, he resembles closely to a Rooster and hence the name, Kukkutasana.

In this asana, you lift your body off the ground, using both your hands in a carefully executed position wherein your body would rest on your heels.

It is an exciting variation of Padmasana (lotus pose) but is slightly difficult to fathom. However, once you understand the nuances of getting your body in the right areas, you can practice it every day to make yourself better.

Steps :
1. The first step requires you to sit in Padmasana. Release the meditative gesture (dhyan mudra) and push your left arm between your thigh and left leg’s calf. Then slowly push your legs to reach the elbow.

2. It’s time to push the right arm between your right leg’s calf and thigh to the elbow.

3. Gently place all your fingers on the floor and maintain a gap of 4-6 inches between your hands.

4. Now lift your body off the floor and try to maintain balancing through your hands only. Look forward and ensure that you are breathing normally without striving too hard to do that.

5. You are now getting ready to move into the asana position.

6. See that only your hands are touching the floor and your entire body weight is supported by them. The folded legs should be lifted off the floor as high as possible.

7. Keep your back straight and look forward at your eye level. Hold this pose for 15 seconds and slowly increase this to 1 minute.

8. To come back from this pose, gently bring down your legs on the ground.

9. Let go off your left hand between your legs.

10. Now let go off your right hand in the same manner.

11. Place both hands in Dhyan mudra and ease yourself into the Lotus Pose.

Benefits :
•  Strengthens the arms, elbows, shoulders and wrists.
•  Strengthens abdomen muscles.
•  Stretches the chest muscles.
•  Stimulates the Mooladhara (Root) chakra.
Beginner’s Tip :
•  If you are starting out, make sure that your back remains straight at all time.
•  Move into the asana slowly.
•  Find a point of focus to help you sustain the balance

Variations :
Those with a lot of fat deposit on their legs and arms will find it difficult to do this pose comfortably. If that is the case, you can apply water or oil to the arms and legs to help you to easily push your arms through between the legs.

Preparatory Poses :
•  Lotus Pose (Padmasana)
•  Raised Lotus Pose (Utthita Padmasana)

Follow-Up Poses :
There is a follow up pose which you can safely try after doing this pose. This is Garbhasana or Child Pose. (When it is in the womb)

Precautions To Be Taken :
•  People with weak arms should be careful while performing this posture.
•  You should only try this pose if you don’t have any problem in doing the Lotus Pose easily.

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