Wind Releasing Pose (Pavana-mukta-asana)
Pavan-mukta-asana is also known as Wind Relieving Pose. The Sanskrit word pavana means air or wind and mukta means freedom or release. The name of this asana is “Wing Realising Pose” because it assists in releasing trapped digestive gas from the stomach and intestines.
Benefits of the Wind Releasing Pose (Pavana-mukta-asana):
Practicing the purvana-mukta-asana will help to release gastrointestinal gas as well it will help to cure other gastrointestinal problems like upset stomachs and constipation by stimulating the abdominal region.
How to perform the Wind Releasing Pose (Pavana-mukta-asana):
- Lie in shava-asana i.e. lie flat on your back.
- While breathing-in bend the right knee and pull it close to the torso with both your hands and interlock the fingers just below the knee, keeping the left leg flat on the floor.
- Breathe-in and hold the breath for a few seconds then breathe-out slowly through the nostrils and lift the back. Shoulders and head off the floor and touch your knee with the forehead.
- Breathe-out and hold the breath for a few seconds then slowly breathe-in and return to the floor while remain holding the knee.
- Breathe-in and hold the breath for a few seconds then while breathing-out bringing the right leg to the floor.
- Lie flat on the back in the shava-asana (i.e. position #1) for a few seconds then repeat the asana with the left leg.
Durations/Repetitions of the Wind Releasing Pose (Pavana-mukta-asana):
Hold each of the four parts of this posture (corresponding with the held breaths) for three to five seconds each. Repeat the asana three to five times on each side.
Difficulty Level and Advancement of the Wind Releasing Pose (Pavana-mukta-asana):
Purvana-mukta-asana is a difficulty level 1 asana recommended for beginners.