This asana works by massaging the inner organs by pressing the knees into the belly. It is a beginner friendly asana that is accessible to yogis of all levels.
Eka pada pavanamuktasana stimulates the manipura chakra, the center of willpower, personality and ego. It is also a great pose for stretching and relaxing the neck and lower back. It helps to stretch the hips and knees.
In a variation of this pose, the head lifts up and the forehead touches the bent knee. This works to stimulate the abdominal organs even more and helps to build core strength. If the hips feel tight in this variation of the pose, bend the extended leg, placing the sole of the foot on the mat.
Additional benefits of this pose include:
- Builds core strength
- Stimulates digestion
- Relaxes the lower back and neck
- Stretches the knees and hips
- Improves digestion and elimination
- Relieves gas