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.