Like most of the asanas in Yoga, Kukkutasana is also a type of asana. There is no doubt in calling it a complex posture, but the health benefits of Cockerel Pose (Kukkutasana) are vast and varied. It also mentioned in the ancient Hatha yoga text, “Hatha Yoga Pradipika,” and the “Gheranda Samhita.”

The word Kukkutasana comes from the Sanskrit Language where Kukkut – meaning Rooster/Cock and Asana – meaning pose. Therefore, Kukkutasana is also referred to as rooster pose in English. In this yoga posture, the body is lifted off the floor, As a name suggest-the shape of the body in the final position looks like a cock. Benefits of Cockerel Pose or Kukkutasana may require a lot of practice to attain.

This pose is recommended to be practiced by intermediate or advanced yoga practitioners. For its beginners, it is quite challenging that is springs from the basic Padmasana in which itself requires a lot of patience and time.

First, practice well Tulasana and Bakasana before doing Kukkutasana. Like Tolasana, benefits of Kukkutasana are same for both mental and physical and also awaken our spirituality. The arm balancing yoga asana that will tone the shoulders and core, stretch the hips and legs, sharpen the concentration, and improve body awareness. 

Now, for this let look step-by-step practice so that you too can take enjoy with benefits of Cockerel Pose (Kukkutasana).

Steps To Do Cockerel Pose (Kukkutasana)

  • To come in Cockerel Pose, you need first to sit cross-legged in the Padmasana.
  • Put your arms in-between the gape of your thighs and calf muscles, and let your palms touch the floor through this gap.
  • Spread the fingers and place the palms on the ground. Keep the fingers pointing forward. and push your palms as much as possible.
  • After that, inhale and press the palm inner side against the floor to lift your body off the ground.
  • In this situation, the palms must support your body weight.
  • Make sure to keep the spine erect.
  • To maintain balance in the pose, you may keep the eyes closed OR turn your gaze to a certain point at a distance and concentrate on it. 
  • Breathing normally and balance body weight.
  • Maintain the final position for a few seconds without straining your arms.
  • To come out, exhale and slowly lower the body on the ground.
  • Take deep and slow breaths.
  • As per your convenience repeat the pose as much as you can.

Preparatory Poses

Surya Namaskar
Ujjayi Pranayama
Mula Bandha
Uddiyana Bandha

Follow-Up Poses

Gupta Padmasana
Urdhva Padmasana in Sarvangasana
Sirsasana II
Urdhva Kukkutasana (With the head on the floor)

Benefits of Cockerel Pose (Kukkutasana)

Benefits of Kukkutasana are same for both mental and physical and also awaken our spirituality. However, the most important requirement for the pose is willpower. All the benefits of the Padmasana can be derived from this Asana to a maximum.

  • The myriad benefits associated with Kukkutasana makes the muscles in the arms and the shoulders strong as well as the chest broader. This helps in the smooth flow of blood to these areas.
  • Strengthen and tone the inner muscles. and the perineum contracts during this asana.
  • Hands also get lengthened.
  • Daily practice of this asana reduces risk of injury.
  • In the asana, your entire body weight is on your arms which tone your bicep and triceps muscles.
  • Kukkutasana also prevents the risk of heart stroke, heart attack, high cholesterol, etc. because it increases blood circulation and keeps them toned.
  • This practice is more beneficial for students because the balancing quality helps improve the student’s overall balance in body and mind. Also, it will make you calmer, happier and stronger mentally.
  • With a reduction in stress, anxiety and restlessness are reduced, keeping them under control.
  • Regular practicing of Kukkutasana builds the abdominal walls as well as improves the intestinal system. Hence, it helps in treating digestive disorders.
  • Cockerel Pose stimulates the Muladhara chakra and is used for awakening the kundalini shakti.
  • This yoga pose is beneficial to women in discomfort from menstruation.

Tips for Beginner’s

As a Learner or Beginner, it might be hard to get this asana right. With regular practice, it can easily develop the required strength to balance without any trouble. 

You can use a folded towel under your hands. And turn your gaze to a certain point at a distance and concentrate on it.

A Word Of Caution…

Like most of the asanas in Yoga, it is quite important to keep the stomach and bowl clean. It should be done after taking the meals at least four to six hours before you practice this posture as it gives your system ample time to digest the food and also generate the essential energy to do this asana. The best time for practicing this yoga is generally dawn or dusk.

  • Though, the benefits of cockerel pose are not less but, if you are suffering from heart or lung problems, avoid practicing this pose.
  • One of the risks in this posture that is fall and injure yourself. to prevent this, keep pressing your both hands firmly into the floor.
  • people suffering from gastric ulcers or enlarged spleen, stay away from it.
  • It is recommended to practice this pose only after mastering padmasana.