Updated: Jul 11, 2020
By Allison Ray Jeraci
Photo by Andrea Killam
When I first attempted mayurasana (peacock pose), I felt heavy and defeated and quite certain the pose would never become part of my arm balance repertoire. Three years later, I tried again, and with the same results—I couldn’t even get a sense of what mayurasana was supposed to feel like, given my body type (I have a large chest and muscular legs that tended to keep me grounded).
And yet, another few years later, I found myself drawn once again to peacock pose. This time, instead of being prepared to blame or turn against myself if I wasn’t able to do it (doesn’t that sound ridiculous?), I took a different approach. I analyzed the elements of mayurasana and I experimented with various workarounds to create the feeling of being in the pose. And I made some great discoveries in the process.