Cow Face - Gomukhasana - Arhanta Yoga Ashram

Cow Face – Gomukhasana

Cow Face – Gomukhasana

The name Cow Face is a literal translation of the Sanskrit name Gomukhasana (“go” meaning “cow” and “mukha” meaning “face”.

How to come into the pose

  1. Sit on your heels, with knees together.
  2. Shift your weight to your right and sit on your right hip.
  3. Cross your left leg over your right, placing your left heel next to your right hip.
  4. Your left knee is on top of your right knee.
  5. Reach out and around with your right hand and place it in between your shoulder blades, as high up as possible (palm facing outward).
  6. Reach up to the ceiling with your left hand, bend your elbow, and clasp your hands behind your back.
  7. Hold the pose steadily as long as comfortable and breathe evenly. Then release and repeat to the other side.


  • Cow Face straightens the spine and improves posture.
  • The pose is beneficial for people suffering from arthritis and haemorrhoids.