Wind-Relieving Pose (Pawanmuktasana)

This yoga pose, as its name suggests, is excellent for releasing abdominal gas. Pawanmuktasana is pronounced as PUH-vuhn-mukt-AAHS-uh-nuh.

Pavana = wind, mukta = relieve or release, Asana = Posture or Pose

How to do Wind-Relieving Pose

(Pawanmuktasana)

 

  • Lie on your back with your feet together and arms beside your 
  • body.
  • Breathe in and as you exhale, bring your right knee towards your chest and press the thigh on your abdomen with clasped hands.
  • Breathe in again and as you exhale, lift your head and chest off the floor and touch your chin to your right knee.
  • Hold it there, as you take deep, long breaths in and out.
  • Checkpoint: As you exhale, tighten the grip of the hands on the knee and increase the pressure on the chest. As you inhale, loosen the grip. 
  • As you exhale, come back to the ground and relax.
  • Repeat this pose with the left leg and then with both the legs together.
  • You may rock up and down or roll from side to side 3-5 times and then relax. 

Wind-Relieving Pose (Pawanmuktasana) forms a part of Padma Sadhana, a special sequence yoga poses, taught in Art of Silence (Part-2 Course) and DSN Course.

 

Benefits of Wind-Relieving Pose (Pawanmuktasana)

  • Strengthens the back and abdominal muscles
  • Tones the leg and arm muscles
  • Massages the intestines and other organs in the abdomen
  • Helps in digestion and release of gas
  • Enhances blood circulation in the hip joints and eases tension in the lower back

Contraindications

  • Avoid practicing Wind-Relieving Pose (Pawanmuktasana) if you are facing the following health issues: high blood pressure, heart problem, hyperacidity, hernia, slip disc, testicle disorder, menstruation, neck and back problems, and after the second trimester of pregnancy.

 

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