mukta: “release” or “freedom”
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.
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.
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.