Pavanamuktasana: Treating Abdominal Bloating

Bloating of stomach can cause a lot of discomfort and interference with our day to day activities. Yoga can provide some effective solutions to this common problem. One such yogic pose is Pavanamuktasana. In Sanskrit, Pavana means ‘air’, Mukta means ‘release’ and Asana means ‘pose’. So, it is known as ‘wind relieving pose’. It can improve digestion and relieve accumulation of gases from the stomach and intestine.

How to do Pavanamuktasana or Wind Relieving Pose?

Pavanamuktasana (Wind-Relieving Pose)

  • Lie in supine position keeping the hands by your side
  • As you inhale, bring both your legs to 90 degrees
  • Bend the legs at the knees
  • Now hug your legs with both arms
  • As you exhale, bring both the thighs close to your chest while contracting the abdominal muscles
  • Slowly try to touch the knees with your forehead
  • Hold this posture for a minute while breathing in a relaxed manner
  • Return to your original posture by slowly bringing down your legs and relaxing your head back to the floor
  • You may repeat the asana three times

Benefits of Pavanamuktasana or Wind Relieving Pose

Some of the benefits are:

  • Treats Abdominal Bloating: It is suggested that this posture can improve the normal metabolism of the body and release gases from the digestive tract. This can help treat indigestion, flatulence, belching, constipation, etc.
  • Relieves Arthritic Condition: Experts suggest that the asana can promote blood circulation, especially in the lower limbs. This can improve arthritic condition.
  • Removes Liver and Spleen Congestion: The asana can strengthen and energize the abdominal nerves and muscles. This can also stimulate the gastric juice. This can help in removing congestion or toxin from the liver and spleen.
  • Helps in Weight Loss: The asana is considered to boost cellular metabolism. This can help in burning of fat and in treating obesity.

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