Dolphin Pose, or Ardha Pincha Mayurasana (ar-duh PIN-chuh my-YUR-AH-sah-nah) is a great beginning yoga pose for many reasons. It strengthens the shoulder girdle, which is weak for most students just starting yoga. Dolphin Pose (Ardha Pincha Mayurasana) also engages the core muscles we need for forearm stand, headstand, and more.
In this way, Dolphin Pose is an excellent pose for preparing beginning yoga students for being upside down in any kind of inversion that relies on shoulder stability.
Benefits and Contraindications
Opens the shoulders and upper back
Lengthens the spine
Stretches the hamstrings
Builds upper body strength
Stimulates the nervous system
Recent or chronic arm, back or shoulder injury or inflammation
High blood pressure
Photo poses in different angles
- One Legged Dolphin Pose
- Downward Facing Dog Pose
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