Pavana Mukta Asana

The Sanskrit word ‘Pavana’ means air or wind and ‘Mukta’ means freedom or release; therefore this is called as the ‘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.