Definition - What does Pavanamuktasana mean?

Pavanamuktasana is a healing pose that is effective in helping release gas in the abdomen while massaging the entire back and spine. The name is derived from the Sanskrit pavana, meaning "wind," mukta, meaning "to release," and asana, meaning "pose."

To enter the pose, begin by lying down on the back with the knees bent. Bring the knees toward the abdomen, hugging them into the chest. The head and chest lift up, bringing the chin as close to the knees as is comfortable. To massage the spine gently, roll the body from side to side while keeping the knees and legs hugged in toward the belly.

Pavanamuktasana is commonly referred to as wind-relieving pose in English.

Yogapedia explains Pavanamuktasana

Pavanamuktasana activates the flow of prana in the manipura (solar plexus) chakra. Activation of this chakra helps increase self-esteem, motivation and joy. It is the seat of spiritual power and responsible for generating willpower and feelings of vitality.

On a physical level, the manipura chakra also helps control the digestive processes in the body. By massaging the abdominal organs, tension in the lower back is released and gas that has been trapped in the belly is freed. This asana greatly improves digestion and is an excellent pose for beginners as it is easy to perform.

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