Kukkutasana (Cockerel Pose)

The Sanskrit word kukkut means ‘cockerel’; therefore, this asana can be called ‘the cockerel pose’. It is so called because it resembles a cockerel in the final pose, the two arms representing its two legs.

Scriptural references

The Gherand Samhita states: “Sit in padmasana. Push the arms through the crevices between the thigh and calf muscles. Place the palms on the ground and raise the body off the ground like a raised platform.” (v. 2:31)

Technique

Sit in padmasana.

Insert the arms between the folded legs as already described for garbhasana; if you wish you can adopt the easier method of inserting the arms.

Place the palms flat on the ground in front of the buttocks.

Push forwards and raise the body so that it is balanced on the two arms; this requires practice.

Hold the back straight.

This is the final pose.

Stay in the final pose for a comfortable time.

Then return to the ground.

Slowly release the arms from the legs.

Breathing and awareness

Normal breathing throughout the practice. Pay attention to attaining the final pose and maintaining balance.

Benefits

Loosens up the legs, strengthens the arms and develops the sense of balance.

General comments

We do not expect you to practise all these asanas every day. We have given them for reference purposes and so that you can try them when you have time and when your body is sufficiently flexible.

We have already previously described a few asanas which are also done from padmasana. They are:

  1. Yoga mudra
  2. Baddha padmasana
  3. Matsyasana
  4. Padma mayurasana

These all belong to the same group and give many benefits. Try them. But do not break any bones by prematurely forcing stiff legs into padmasana. Slowly loosen the legs by doing leg loosening exercises, such as the half butterfly etc.

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