Gormaukasna is known as the head of a cow face. The arms are the horns, the space between the knees is the mouth and the feet are the ears! Make sense?!
It is a pose that I hold a certain fondness for not only because of its bodily benefits - which are huge - a powerful hip and shoulder opener! But also because of this resemblance to the face of a cow. During my travels in India I grew to love the sight of the sacred cows roaming the streets, standing in the middle of the streets whilst traffic whirled around them, horns huge and often painted, with an unshakable calmness amongst the constant chaos. If we can learn to practice that awareness, as the cows do, to observe the madness that is going on all around us - either on or off the mat, and stay centered in our own sacred space, holding our ground and embodying our truth then we are in yoga.
Kristina is a Yoga teacher and artist who lives in Braunton, North Devon with her husband, two children and a cat.