Eka Pada Pavanamuktasana is a simple yoga pose that is proven to be beneficial in a number of abdominal problems. When done regularly this helps the entire digestive system working perfectly, thus helps to maintain overall health. This is especially good for women for menstrual discomfort.
The abdominal muscles are tensed and the internal organs are compressed which increases the blood circulation and stimulates the nerves, increasing the efficiency of the internal organs. The pressure on the abdomen releases any trapped gases in the large intestine. Blood circulation is increased to all the internal organs. Digestive system is improved. Relieves constipation. Strengthens the lower back muscles and loosens the spinal vertebrae. Massages the pelvic muscles and reproductive organs; against sterility and impotence.
Flatulence, Constipation, Menstrual disorders, Sterility. Impotence, Beneficial for menstrual disorders.
TAKING THE POSITION
In supine position, exhale and while inhaling bend the left knee and place your left foot near the buttocks. While exhaling brings your left thigh to the chest. Encircle your arms around the left leg and press your knee to the abdomen.
RELEASING THE POSITIONS
Inhale and while exhaling release the arms and bring them to the sides of the body. Bring the left foot back down to the ground, near the buttocks. Gently straighten the left leg. Now practice on the other side.
Abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks.
On relaxing the abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks. Normal breath.
Relax the body and breathe normally in the pose.
Overstretch, trying to pull the thighs too close and causing strain.
PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS
Must be avoided if there is recent abdominal surgery as there is a lot of pressure on the abdomen. Anyone suffering from hernia or piles should avoid this asana. Pregnant women should not practice this asana.
VARIATIONS & TIPS
PREPARATORY POSES: Ardha Pawanmuktasana with the head on the floor.
FOLLOW-UP POSES: Pawanmuktasana with the raised head.