Pawanmuktasana is a sanskrit word, made up three words Pawan+Mukta+Asana where
Pawan means wind,
Mukta means to release and
Asana means posture.
Practising this asana is helpful in removing constipation and gas from the stomach and intestines. It is also called the One-Legged Knee-to-Chest Pose.
How To Do Pawanmuktasana
- Lie down in a straight position on your back i.e. in the supine position.
- Inhale and raise your legs at 90 degrees.
- 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 helps in getting rid of menstrual problems, infertility and impotence.
- Regular practice and maintaining it for a certain period of time helps to ensure in reduction of belly fat, arms, thighs, and buttocks, thus good for weight loss.
- It is good for the lungs and heart.
Precautions for Pawanmuktasana (Wind Relieving Pose)
- This asana must be avoided if you have had abdominal surgery recently. Also, people suffering from hernia or piles must avoid this asana.
- This asana must not be practised 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, slipped disc, hernia, back and neck problems, or a testicle disorder, you must avoid this asana.
- If you have had a neck injury.