Pawanmuktasana is a sanskrit word, made up three words Pawan+Mukta+Asana where

Pawan means wind,

Mukta means to release and

Asana means posture.

Practicing this asana is helpful in removing constipation and gas from stomach and intestines . It is also called the One-Legged Knee-to-Chest Pose.

  • Lie down in straight position on your back i.e. in supine position.
  • Inhale and raise your legs at 90 degree.
  • Exhale, bend your legs and try to bring your knees towards your chest.
  • Clasp your knees by interlocking your fingers.
  • Raise your head and touch your forehead with your knees.
  • Do normal breathing while maintaining the pose.
  • First bring your head down and followed by your legs.
  • This is the one round.
  • Do 2 to 3 rounds in one sitting.

Benefits of Pawanmuktasana

  • Enhances blood circulation in the pelvic region.
  •  Loosen up the spinal column and strengthens the muscles of the neck and lower back.
  •  Massages the abdominal organs hence leading to the removal of constipation.
  • Massages reproductive organs and hence helpful in getting rid of menstrual problems, infertility and impotence.
  • The regular practice and maintaining it for a certain period of time helps to ensure in reducing belly fat, arms, thighs, buttocks, thus good for weight loss.
  • It is good for lungs and heart.

Precautions for Pawanmuktasana (Wind Relieving Pose)

  • This asana must be avoided if you have had an abdominal surgery recently. Also, people suffering from hernia or piles must avoid this asana.
  • This asana must not be practiced by pregnant women. Menstruating women can avoid this asana if they are not comfortable.
  • If you are suffering from heart problems, hyperacidity, high blood pressure, slip disc, hernia, back and neck problems, or a testicle disorder, you must avoid this asana.
  • If you have had a neck injury.

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