Blog-31 – Parvatasana

Healthy Women…

Continuing with the asanas to help reduce the menstrual issue, here is another asana.

Parvatasana:

The name comes from the Sanskrit words ‘Parvata’ = ‘mountain’, and ‘asana’ = ‘posture’, i.e. Mountain pose.

In Parvatasana, the body is thought to resemble the shape of a mountain. It is a simple seated asana, which is considered to be one of the most important seated postures in yoga. While the legs are grounded in Padmasana, or lotus pose, the whole of the upper body is stretched upwards with the arms over the head and palms pressed together.

How does it help?

  1. It gives a full body stretch which improves the blood circulation around the body.
  2. It helps in improving the memory and concentration
  3. It makes you alert and attentive
  4. It improves your mental efficiency and makes you more optimistic.
  5. It is good for athletes and other sportsmen because it stretches every muscle of the body from head to toe.
  6. It strengthens the weak muscles of the body
  7. It reduces muscle pain, especially in back and neck regions.
  8. It improves the health of internal organs.
  9. It helps in reducing the respiratory problems
  10. It also helps in gaining height naturally.
  11. It is helpful in weight loss by reducing the extra fat deposited at the back and waist. In turn it helps in regularizing the menstrual cycle in women.

How to do the asana?

  1. Relax your body.
  2. Sit in the Padmasana or Sukhasana pose.
  3. Bring your hands in front of you and join your hands.
  4. Breathe out and move your hands over your head. Keep your hands joined and hands stretched upwards.
  5. Pull your torso in an upward direction and stretch as much as you could.
  6. Hold this position for 30 to 60 seconds and breathe normally.
  7. Bring down your hands as in original position. Release your hands and keep them aside and stretch your legs in front of you and relax.

What are the cautions to be taken?

  1. Don’t lift the buttocks off the floor.
  2. Don’t bend the elbow or overstrain the knees.
  3. Keep a straight neck and avoid any forward movement.
  4. Avoid hunching of the back during sitting position.
  5. Persons who are suffering from knee problems and reeling sensation should not perform this exercise.

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