Wind Release Pose to Say Goodbye to Gas and Indegestion

A pose often practiced at the end of a yoga routine, Wind Release Pose or Pavanmuktasana is a very effective pose if you’re feeling a bit gassy from devouring that burrito for lunch.

Wind Release Pose (Pavanmuktasana)

A go-to pose to take when you need a little help to pass gas, wind release pose stimulates digestion and alleviates any pain or discomfort from being a bit too bloated.

‘Pavana,’ when translated to English, means wind, ‘Mukta’ means release or relieve, and ‘Asana’ means posture or pose. Wind release pose is a beginner level pose and can be practiced by most individuals who are new to yoga.

Wind Release Pose Directions:

The following steps will guide you through the wind release pose:

  • Start by lying on your back on your mat with your arms and legs extended straight out.
  • As you inhale, bend your left knee, wrap your hands around the knee and bring the knee close to your chest.
  • Now, while exhaling, lift your head up and, if possible, bring your head to touch your knee.
  • Hold this position for a few minutes and take a few deep breaths in and out. Exhale to release and bring your leg back to the ground.
  • Repeat this pose using the right knee and hold the position for the same amount of time as you did with the left knee.
  • If you are comfortable with this pose, you can practice this technique by wrapping your hands around both your legs at once.
  • As you grab your knees, you have the option to gently roll from side-to-side to massage your back.

Note: Holding this pose for longer periods of time loosens the muscles around the abdominal region faster and will stimulate digestion more quickly.

Benefits of Wind Release Pose:

The wind release pose comes with numerous benefits to the body, especially when it comes to releasing excess gas.

Added benefits of practicing the wind release pose include:

Wind Release Pose Precautions:

If you suffer from any chronic conditions or are recovering from a serious injury, make sure to consult your doctor before practicing this pose.

Avoid performing wind release pose under the following conditions:

  • Severe cardiac problems
  • Acute disc prolapse
  • High blood pressure
  • Hernia
  • Severe menstruation cramps
  • Pregnancy (especially during the second and third trimester)
  • Hyperacidity

Updated by Siya Rajan on 06/14/2018

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Courtesy The Yoga Institute, Santacruz (E), Mumbai

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