English Name: Rooster Posture or Cockerel Pose
Sanskrit Name: Kukkutasana (कुक्कुटासन)
Type of Yoga: Ashtanga Yoga
Level of Yoga: Advanced / Intermediate
Duration: As per your capability or 30 to 60 seconds
Target Area: Spine, Arms
Strengthens: Wrists, Shoulders, Joints, Elbows
To remain energized throughout the day, you should start your day with yoga. Kukkutasana (Rooster Posture) is very beneficial for the whole body exercise. Everyday practice of this posture strengthens the arms and chests. Stomach problems are lessened due to pressure on the stomach and obesity is less.
Kukkutasana (Rooster Posture) is an advanced balance pose which requires good flexibility of the feet and it benefits the hands and shoulders. It is a difficult posture that requires the power of hands to accomplish well. Let’s know the method and advantages of doing Kukkutasana (Rooster Posture) in details.
What Does It Mean By Kukkutasana (Rooster Posture)?
The term Kukkutasana has come from two Sanskrit language words
Where the first word is “Kukkut (कुक्कुट)”, which means “Rooster”
And the second word is “Asana (आसन)”, which means “Yoga Pose”
In this posture, the shape of a man becomes like a Rooster that is why this pose is called Rooster Posture or Cockerel Pose in English. This yoga is mentioned in ancient Yoga scriptures such as Hatha Yoga Pradipika. It is a complex posture that requires the power of the hand to do well. Let us know in detail the method of Kukkutasana (Rooster Posture).
Preparatory Poses of Kukkutasana (Rooster Posture):
- Padmasana (पद्मासन) or Lotus Pose
- Bakasana (बकासन) or Crane Pose
- Surya Namaskar (सूर्य नमस्कार) or Sun Salutation
- Ujjayi Pranayama (उज्जायी प्राणायाम)
- Mula Bandha (मूल बंध) or Root Lock
- Uddiyana Bandha (उड्डियान बंध ) or Abdominal Lock or Upward Lifting Lock
Method of Practicing Kukkutasana (Rooster Posture):
- You need to sit in the position of Padmasana or Lotus Pose by putting a yoga mat on the floor
- Now you put both of your hands between your thighs and shin.
- You have to put your right hand between the right thigh and shin and place the palms on the floor
- Now you have to put the left hand in the middle of the left thigh and left shin like the right hand
- You have to pull your both hands down from the thighs and calves down to the elbow
- Now place the palms of both hands on the floor at a distance of 3-4 inches from each other
- Then raise your hips and feet above the floor while balancing on both hands
- You can stay for 1 to 5 minutes in the condition of this Kukkutasana, or you can do it according to your convenience.
- During this yoga, you keep your breath normal.
If you are a beginner and you are just beginning yoga practice then you may have difficulty in doing Kukkutasana (Rooster Posture). Before doing this yoga, practice Padmasana and Bakasana Yoga well.
Keep a balance when the beginner makes balance on both your hands because you may also get hurt when the balance worsens.
If you are having difficulty putting hands in both hands between the thighs and the fingers, then you can put oil between your legs, so that the hands will slip easily.
Follow-up Poses of Kukkutasana (Rooster Posture):
- Baddha Padmasana (बद्ध पद्मासन) or Locked Lotus Pose
- Sarvangasana (सर्वांगासन) or Shoulder Stand Pose
- Shirshasana (शीर्षासन) or Headstand Pose
- Urdhva Kukkutasana (उर्ध्व कुक्कुटासन) or Upward Cock Pose
Precautions to Follow In Kukkutasana (Rooster Posture):
Kukkutasana (Rooster Posture) is a better way to improve our physical health. But during this asana you need to take special care:
People who have heart-related diseases should avoid Kukkutasana (Rooster Posture)
If there is a pain in your hands and especially the arms, then you must avoid doing such yoga asana
Do not do this yoga in the condition of pain in the shoulders. Otherwise, it can increase your pain further
Those who have trouble in the elbow, those people should stay away from doing this yoga
While doing this yoga, keep in mind that your stomach must be empty
If your wrist veins have blood flow or other types of problems then this yoga is not advised
Even if there is a sprain in your hands and shoulders, you should refrain from doing this yoga until the sprain is correct
Benefits of Kukkutasana (Rooster Posture):
- By doing Kukkutasana (Rooster Posture), arms, elbows, shoulders, and hands get strengthened
- This makes chests stronger and the swelling of the chest and the swelling of the arms are removed
- The practice of this posture removes idleness and is beneficial in removing fatigue
- Practicing it every day, the vibrations of the hands and feet are removed
- By doing Kukkutasana (Rooster Posture), the digestive system is good, which leads to a hunger
- Kukkutasana is beneficial for both men and women
- This seat decreases the pain of back, shoulders, waist, and hands
- Kukkutasana (Rooster Posture) reduces the fat of the stomach and hip, by which man can control obesity
- Rooster Posture helps a lot throughout the day
- Kukkutasana (Rooster Posture) strengthens the joints of the body (wrists, shoulders, and nudges)
- Cockerel Pose is made in body shape
- This creates biceps, triceps, etc.