The term “Pawanmuktasana” is of Sanskrit origin and can be broken down into “Pawan” meaning “wind”, “mukta” meaning “relief” and “Asana” meaning “pose”. It is more commonly known as the wind-relieving pose, wind removing pose or the wind liberating pose.
It is a very popular yoga Asana in today’s lifestyle. People have shifted from the traditional living system to a very fast-moving and competitive life. Our food habits and timings have changed vastly, negatively impacting our entire system and its functioning. It is only predictable that nobody has the time and will to cook and eat healthy fresh food. We have moved on to fast food, and home deliveries. Packed and canned food items have replaced farm fresh fruits and vegetables. In a world of two-minute noodle diet, our balanced diet has gone for a toss. Eating habits combine with weak routine schedules magnify the problem exponentially. Skipping meals, eating at odd hours and starving has resulted in poor digestion and digestive disorders. Constipation, acidity, indigestion and irritable bowel symptoms, etc are quite common nowadays. Over the counter, drugs are helpful for instant relief, but for a more permanent solution, yoga is the best.
How Pawanmuktasana Works?
The Pawanmuktasana gently stretches the digestive organs: stomach, liver, pancreas, large and small intestine, and kidneys. Regular practice of these asanas provides effective relief and regulates better functioning of these organs by providing slight exercise and stimulation. It puts desirable stress on the digestive organs to get them to work efficiently and effectively to their full potential. It strengthens the digestive system to be able to cope up with the changing eating habits and routines due to the demanding work schedule and busy lifestyle.
Steps To Do Pawanmuktasana (The Wind Removing Pose)
Lie down on your back and keep your legs straight.
Stretch out both your hands and pull your right bent knee towards your abdomen. Stretch it as far as you can till it touches your chest.
Then, whilst you are breathing out lift your head up to touch your chin to the knee. As you
breathe in straight your legs.
Repeat the same with the left leg.
Later, you can press your abdomen with both legs simultaneously placing your chin in between both the knees and swinging the body back and forth a few times like a rocking chair. Make sure that your placement and movement is right to ensure the best results.
Precautions for Pawanmuktasana (Wind Relieving Pose)
- When you relax the abdomen, thighs, and hips, breathe out and when you contract the body, make sure you breathe in. This is essentially important as these intricate details will determine
the success of your pose.
- Try to keep the legs together and not far apart while performing this asana. Do not curl your toes while you stretch your legs.
- Do not strain your neck or thighs by pulling the legs too close or further than what is comfortable.
- Pregnant women must refrain from performing this asana as it might affect the unborn.
Benefits of Pawanmuktasana (Wind Relieving Pose)
- It helps release abdominal gases and alleviate gastric problems. Practicing the pose for
a few minutes before going to bed can solve acidity.
- It is extremely beneficial in relieving back pains, particularly in the lower back, which can
be due to long hours of sitting at the desk or playing video games.
- It gives your entire body a moving exercise just like swimming and stretches every single
muscle relaxing all muscles and energizing the body.
- It substantially improves digestion and relieves constipation by strengthening the bowel
- Improves blood circulation in each and every part of the body including the neck, spine, back, and legs.
- It helps to stretch and strengthen the inner thigh muscles.
- It tones the thigh muscles, calves and buttocks and burns of excess fat in the body. It also helps reducing belly fat as well.
Importance of Pawanmuktasana (Wind Relieving Pose)
Yoga is a powerful tool to improve your lifestyle and your health conditions, to not just survive but to live to your full potential. Food is fuel for the body. The type of food we eat is what we become after a certain point in time. It is never too late to adopt a healthy lifestyle and eating habits. Having a hearty and nutritious breakfast is the key to an active and productive day. Always remember, if you keep your body healthy and respect its needs, it will, in turn, give you the fruit in leaps and bounds. A strong mind and soul is important for a functional brain and active body. Make it a habit to perform these yoga asanas if you already have incorporated yoga in your daily routine activities, if not try to spare a few minutes from the busy hours and dedicate them by investing in your health and longevity of life.