Gomukhasana was one of the poses I enjoyed, daily, to help manage my blood sugar. It is part of the Wood Series, in Yin Yoga, which is associated with the Liver and Gall Bladder meridians which rule many aspects to physical and mental wellbeing.
The Wood element, in Chinese Medicine, relates to the Spring, a time for new growth. Hence, this pose, and others from the Wood Series, are highly recommended during the Springtime. At the same time, the Wood Series tends to be good for most people, most any time.
This particular pose compresses and stretches meridians that flow up and down the legs, and back. Furthermore, it creates a deep stretch in the hips and knees. Paul Grilley, a Yin Yoga thought leader, says, “Shoelace Pose (a yin forward bend in the Gomukhasana leg position) and Square Pose (a yin forward bend in the Sukhasana leg position) stretch the tensor fascie latae, the thick bands of connective tissue that run up the outer thighs. In general, a yin approach works to promote flexibility in areas often perceived as nonmalleable, especially the hips, pelvis, and lower spine.”
When adding the forward fold to this pose, the pressure to the lower belly stimulates prana flow. According to Sarah Powers, who wrote one of my Yin Yoga bibles, “This lower abdomen region is the domain of the major energy center or chakra called the Svadhisthana which controls the reproductive organs.”
To get into this pose, cross the legs tightly, ideally above the knees. The goal is to have one knee directly on top of the other, and the heels touching the opposing hip. In essence, you’re “pulling the shoelace tight.” For an energetic boost, I like to cover the soles of my feet with the palms of my hands. This creates a chakra to chakra connection.
For more about benefits of Yin Yoga in general, visit my blog spot, www.TheNamasteCounsel.com/yoga-blog, and enter the words Yin Yoga in the search window. As always, consult your yoga therapist to determine which poses are best suited for your particular physical and emotional needs.