The Sanskrit word â€˜Pavana’ means air or wind and â€˜Mukta’ means freedom or release; therefore this is called as the â€˜Wind Relieving Posture.’ This asana helps the body to release trapped digestive gas from the stomach and intestines.
How to practice Pawan Mukta Asana
- Lie down on your back with legs together.
- Keep your hands straight by the side of the body.
- Fold both the legs together on the chest as you breathe in.
- Embrace the folded legs with both the arms by crossing hands.
- Press the thigh to abdomen & knees to chest.
- Lift your chin or head up to the knees as close to yourself as possible.
- Stay in this position for sometime.
- Relax your head down and release the hands.
- Stretch the legs straight down.
Benefits of Pavana Mukta Asana
- It works as a good massage to all the abdominal organs.
- It activates the digestive system.
- Releases the compression of mid & lower back vertebrae
- Tones up the abdominal & thigh muscles
- Activates the excretory system
Duration for Pavana Mukta Asana
30 seconds to 1 minute
Contraindications of Pavana Mukta Asana
Do not lift the head up to knee in case of cervical, high blood pressure, pregnancy, menstruation; slip disc, ulcer, etc.