Pawanmuktasana Systematic Yoga Manuals
Pawanmuktasana: The pawanmuktasana has a profound effect on human body and mind and
it is one of the most important groups of practices so it is considered most useful
tool for the yogic management of various disorders and maintenance of
health. The pawanmuktasana is one of the most special contributions of the teachings of Yoga.
Watch this video of pawanmuktasana series and apply yourself.
Pawanmuktasana is valuable for understanding the meaning
of asana by developing awareness of the body’s movements
& the subtle effects they have at the various levels of being.
It is very useful as a preparatory practice as it opens up all the
major joints and relaxes the muscles of the body. The series
may be practised by anyone as beginner or advanced, young or
elderly. It should never be ignored and treated casually just
because the practices are simple, gentle and comfortable.
In Sanskrit these practices are referred to as sukshma vyayama,
which means ‘subtle exercise’. The word pawan n1eans ‘wind’
or ‘prana’; mukta means ‘release’ and asana means ‘pose’.
Pawanmuktasana means a group of asanas that remove any
preventing the free flow of energy in the body and mind.
The energy of body becomes blocked due to bad posture, disturbed
bodily functions, psychological or emotional problems or an unbalanced
lifestyle. This initially results in stiffness, muscular tension, lack of proper
blood flow and minor functional defects. However, if these blockages become
chronic, a limb, joint or physical organ may malfunction, fail
or becon1e diseased. Regular practice of pawanmuktasana
removes energy blockages from the body and prevents new
ones from fanning. In this way, it promotes total health,
regulating and stabilizing the flow of energy throughout the body.
Most modern day diseases are psychosomatic in nature. Drug
treatment of these ailments is only symptomatic and fails to
touch the roots of the disease. These asanas relaxing impulses travel
back to the brain and relax the mind. , The attentive faculty of the
mind is made active and is not allowed to wander into tension
and stress by the integrating breath synchronization and awareness.
The nature of these asanas is thus more mental than physical.
If asanas are performed correctly they relax the mind,
tune up the autonomic nerves, hormonal functions and
the activities of internal organs. Right-handed people will generally
fmd that these asanas are easily learned with the right
side leading. They should then be performed with the left side
leading to counterbalance the effects of habitual behaviour patterns.
Pawanmuktasana is divided into three distinct groups of asanas thats are
i. the anti-rheumatic ii. the digestive or abdominal group and
iii. the shakti bandha group to release energy blocks. All of the three
groups supplement each other, stimulating and encouraging a
free flow of energy throughout the body. Practitioners are
advised to perfect each group before attempting the major and advance
asanas. By daily practice of pawanmuktasana parts i, ii and iii over
a period of months brings a profound relaxation and
toning of the entire psycho-physiological structure which is
necessary for the practice of advanced techniques of yoga. The asanas
in each group should be performed in the order given by expert.
Advanced yogasanas are frequently physically demanding
and have a powerful effect on the body and mind.