By Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) & Dr Manasa, B.A.M.S
Kukkutasana, is a difficult pose and needs good arm strength to perform the pose. In final pose the practitioner resembles a cock / rooster and hence the name. This pose has been mentioned in Gheranda Samhita and Hatha Yoga Pradeepika. It is an intermediate to advanced pose. It can be done for a time period of 1-5 minutes. It stretches arms and spine. It strengthens wrists, elbows and shoulders.
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Kukkuta = cock / cockerel
Asana = pose
Positioning for the pose
First sit with crossed legs in Padmasana – lotus pose.
Getting into the pose
Slowly insert your arms in the gap between thighs and calf muscles letting your palms touch the floor. Make sure that fingers are spread out and pointing forwards as they rest on the ground.
Push palms on the floor with as much pressure as you can so as to enable to lift your body in the air.
Slowly raise your body off the floor as you inhale. Now your palms are supporting the entire body weight.
Be in the pose as long as you are comfortable being in and breathe easily.
Release from the pose
Gaze at a predetermined focus and concentrate on it. This will help you gain balance in the pose.
Keep your back erect. Don’t slouch while you are in the pose.
Follow Up Poses
Hold the pose for 1-3 minutes. The time period can be extended to 4-5 minutes once the flexibility is achieved and after one having mastered the pose.
This pose activates, energizes and regulates Muladhara Chakra. It is also used for awakening the Kundalini energy.
Impact on Doshas and its subtypes – The pose stimulates the digestive system and hence plays a key role in maintaining the balance of the functions of samana vata and pachaka pitta. Its apana vata calming role can be inferred by seeing the role of this pose in curing menstrual discomfort. Since it builds stability, balance and strength and keeps you calm and happier, the pose has balancing effect on not only vata, but also on tridoshas, the tissues of the body and the mental gunas.
Impact on tissues – Since this pose strengthens the muscles it is beneficial for the health of muscles and soft tissues.