The Wind Removing Pose or Pavanamuktasana is a yoga pose in which the body is positioned in a supine position. Everyone, regardless of whether he or she is a beginner or advanced practitioner, can practice this pose. The Pavanamuktasana (Wind Removing Pose) massages the organs of the abdomen and also eases tension that occurs in the area of the belly and lower back.The pose is also commonly called the Wind Relieving Pose. This pose gets its name from three major Sanskrit words namely; ‘pavana’ which means air, ‘mukta’ which means freedom as also release, and ‘asana’ which means pose. Another name for the Wind Removing Pose is the ‘One-Legged Knee-to-Chest Pose’
How To Do
- Lie down in the supine position (face upwards) with your arms beside your body and feet stretched out, heels touching each other.
- Bend your knees.
- Take in a deep breath, and as you exhale, gradually bring the bent knees towards your chest, with the thighs applying pressure on the abdomen. Hold the knees properly in place by clasping your hands underneath the thighs.
- Inhale again, and as you exhale, lift your head, allowing your chin to touch your knees.
- Hold the position for 60 to 90 seconds, while breathing deeply.
- Exhale slowly, and release your knees while allowing your head to rest on the floor. Bring your hands onto either side of your body, palms facing the ground.
- Relax in Shavasana.
- Repeat the asana 7 to 10 times, leaving a 15-second interval between repetitions.
Pregnant women, people suffering from spinal problems, and people with blood pressure and heart issues must refrain from performing this pose.
- Strengthens the back and abdominal muscles
- Helps in digestion and release of gas
- Tones the muscles in the legs and arms