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Strike a Yoga Pose: Cow Face

If you're looking for a relaxing pose that will stretch your shoulders, chest, hips, and ankles, it's time to try Cow Face. Named because your knees look like a cow's closed mouth and your elbows look like ears, this pose also strengthens your core to help improve your posture.

Sanskrit Name: Gomukhasana
English Translation: Cow Face Pose
  • Sit on your mat with both legs straight in front of you. Bend both knees and slide your left foot under your right thigh. Lift your bum off the floor, point through your left toes and sit down gently on your left heel. If it hurts to sit on your heel, then sit on the floor with your left heel beside your right hip.
  • Bring your right foot as close to your left hip as possible, so both knees are stacked. Whichever variation you're doing, the tops of your feet should be resting on the mat.
  • Bend your left elbow behind your back. Lift your right arm straight up above your head, then bend your right elbow and if you can, clasp your fingers together.
  • Gaze toward the ceiling and hold here for five deep breaths.
  • Take a vinyasa and then switch sides.
Fitness Fitness 8 years
It's OK if you can't touch your fingers. Just dangle a towel or strap from your top hand and hold on to that with the bottom hand.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I've been looking for a good hip and shoulder stretch, so I may have to try this one. Thanks, Fit!
ziggy101 ziggy101 8 years
I cannot hook my fingers when my right arm is up, but can easily do that when the left arm is up. Still need to work on that.. pffff..
michlny michlny 8 years
What an interesting pose - I mean, where do you find this stuff :) I think I need my instructor to walk me through it....I will suggest it next class :0 Thanks!
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