Gomukhasana is an important posture in the Ashtanga Yoga Second Series and involves a deep movement inside of the hip joints. You might be familiar with it from other styles of yoga also. This pose teaches us a lesson of patience, kindness, respect, and reverence for life. As we develop these things we become better beings and we treat the world around us better.
To get into Gomukhasana sit on your mat. Bend your right leg so your heel is to the outside of your left hip and your knee is on the ground pointing straight out in front of you.
Now bring your left leg over your right leg so the heel is next to the right hip. Stack your knees on top of each other.
Lift your sacrum up and forward so it almost feels like you’re about to lift your sitting bones off the ground.
Now take your right hand up. Bend your elbow and reach your hand behind your head and down your back.
Take your left arm out to the side so your palm is facing behind you. Bend your left elbow and bring your hand up your back.
Try to clasp your right and left hands together behind your back. If you can’t reach you can use a strap or hold onto your shirt.
Stay in this position for five breaths before slowly coming out. Watch the video with Kino below for more details about the Gomukhasana.