Definition - What does Wind-Relieving Pose mean?
Wind-relieving pose is a gas-relieving asana that strengthens the back and massages the abdominal organs.
To enter the pose, lie down on the back with the legs straight. Bend both knees up and toward the chest. Wrapping the arms around the outer legs, pull the knees in toward the chest. Lift the head, bringing the forehead toward the knees (this compresses the abdomen and creates room for wind to pass). To exit the pose, gently release the legs and feet back down onto the mat. This pose can also be practiced with the knees to each side of the chest.
Wind-relieving pose may also be referred to by its Sanskrit name, pavanamuktasana.
Yogapedia explains Wind-Relieving Pose
Wind-relieving pose gently massages the abdominal organs and intestines, helping to release gas and improve digestion while relaxing and stretching the lower back. It also increases blood flow to the hips. It is recommended to bend the right knee first, as in this way digestion is improved and excess gas released. It also strengthens the abdominal muscles and builds core strength.
Ideally, wind-relieving pose should be practiced on an empty stomach. If it is painful or not possible to bend the knees as needed, one can hold the back of the knees instead, or place the feet against a wall.