Pawanmuktasana (Wind-Relieving Pose)

English Name(s)
Pawanmuktasana, Wind Relieving Pose
Sanskrit
पवनमुक्तसन
Pronunciation
pah-van-ah-mook-TAHS-uh-nuh
Meaning
pavana: “air” or “wind”
mukta: “release” or “freedom”
āsana: “posture”

Physical Benefits

Pawanmuktasana (pah-van-ah-mook-TAHS-uh-nuh) massages the intestines and abdominal organs and, as the name implies, helps to remove excess air from the digestive system, which improves digestion efficiency and relieves bloating, gas, and constipation. This pose increases circulation to the hips, helping to remove tension in the hips and lower back. It also strengthens the back and abdominal muscles and tones the legs and arms.

Energetic Benefits

Built-up pressure in the body can produce tension in the body. Pawanmuktasana is helpful for relieving the pressure that builds up in your digestive system and spine; this helps relax the body, mind and spirit. It is a good pose to do first thing in the morning to increase movement and ease throughout the day.

Contraindications

Those with high blood pressure, slip disc, hernia, or spinal injury should refrain from this pose. Also, men with testicle disorder or women who are pregnant or menstruating should also avoid this pose.

Getting into the Pose

Meera Watts
Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur, and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, Yoganonymous, OMtimes, and others. She’s also the founder and owner of Siddhi Yoga International, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential trainings in India (Rishikesh, Goa, and Dharamshala), Indonesia (Bali), and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur).

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