Cow Face Pose, Standing with a Strap – Tadasana Gomukhasana

Level:1
Props required: Strap
Movement Type: Standing
Sub Movement Type-A: Shoulders
Sub Movement Type-B: Strengthening
Main Anatomical Focus: Shoulders
Secondary Anatomical Focus: Legs
Physiological Focus: Respiratory System

Therapeutic Focus: Mild Depression

Contraindications:Avoid this movement if you have a serious neck or shoulder issue, or a cardiac condition

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Benefits: In this post modern era that we live in, we have a lot of forward bending actions in our daily life. These actions cause the muscles on the front chest to become tight and the muscles on our back chest to become weak. This pose strengthens the muscles on the back chest and increases flexibility in the front chest. This physical opening that happens in the front chest helps to improve the physiological function of oxygen uptake, which in turn can cause a psychological shift of boosting confidence and lifting mild depression.

Begin by standing on your mat in tadasana with a strap over your right shoulder.

Exhale and bring the back of your left palm on to the middle of your back.

Inhale your right arm above your head, bend your right elbow and bring your

right hand down your back with your palm facing your body.

Take hold of the strap in both hands.

Become aware of your left hand; roll the left thumb away from your back and

your little finger into your back. This will roll the very top of
the left inner upper arm forward, bringing your left scapula on to
the back of the ribcage and opening the front of the left shoulder.

Now move the skin on the back of your left arm down towards your elbow,

to draw the left scapula down the spine, releasing the upper trapezius muscle.

Keep your right elbow pointing directly up towards the ceiling and your
right forearm close to your head.

Unclasp your hands, bringing your arms to your sides and come to stand in

tadasana.

Now let’s repeat on the other side.

Bring the back of your right palm on the middle of your back.

Inhale your left arm up above your head, bend your left elbow and bring your

left hand down your back, with your palm facing your body.

Take hold of the strap in both hands.

Unclaspyour hands, bringing your arms to your sides and come to stand in

tadasana, feeling the opening in your chest area.