Definition - What does Parvatasana mean?

Parvatasana is a simple seated asana, which is considered to be one of the most important seated postures in yoga. While the legs are grounded in padmasana, or lotus pose, the whole of the upper body is stretched upwards with the arms over the head and palms pressed together.

The common English name for parvatasana is mountain pose.

Yogapedia explains Parvatasana

Parvatasana comes from the Sanskrit words parvata, meaning “mountain,” and asana, meaning “pose." In parvatasana, the body is thought to resemble the shape of a mountain.

There are many physical and mental benefits of parvatasana including improved concentration. It is also thought to stimulate the heart chakra, helping one to feel sensations of deep love and peace.

Pranayama practices may also be performed whilst in parvatasana in order to increase its overall beneficial effects.

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