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Cow Face Pose - Gomukhasana

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Updated June 29, 2012

Cow Face Pose

Cow Face Pose - Gomukhasana

© Barry Stone
Type of pose: Seated

Benefits: Stretches the hips, ankles, shoulders, and chest.

Instructions:

1. From Knee to Ankle, slide the knees to center, stacking the right knee directly over the left. It may be helpful to come forward onto the hands and knees to align the knees. Then separate the feet and come back to sit between the feet.

2. Bring the left arm up towards the ceiling,

3. Bend the left elbow, bringing the left hand down the center of the back.

4. Bring the right arm out to the right side, bend the elbow and bring the right arm up the center of the back.

5. Hold hands behind the back.

6. Draw both elbows toward the center.

Beginners: Take padding under the sit bones if necessary. Hold a strap between the hands if they do not meet behind the back.

Advanced: Keeping the spine long, come into a forward bend

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