Blog-32 – Parvatasana Part II

Healthy Women…

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

Parvatasana Part II

Meaning: Parvata = Mountain : Asana = Pose

What is Parvatasana?

Parvatasana in Sanskrit means Mountain. In this posture, the body is stretched to look like a mountain. To relieve stress and revitalize your tired body and mind, Parvatasana is one of the easiest poses.

How does it Help?

  1. With regular practice, it enhances the power of lungs.
  2. It develops the proper breathing technique.
  3. It helps in reducing the excess fat from the abdomen, tummy, hips and waist.
  4. It corrects the postural defects such as Kyphosis (which is a curving of the spine that caused a bowing or rounding of the back, which leads to a hunchback or slouching posture) and Lordosis (an inward curvature of a portion of the lumbar and cervical vertebral column).
  5. Until the age of 14 to 18 years, it helps in height gain.
  6. It improves the vitality because of the overall stretching of the vertebral column and spinal cord.
  7. Parvatasana improves the sense of balance and ability to concentrate.
  8. By regular practice of Parvatasana, Visceroptosis (which is prolapse or a sinking of the abdominal viscera (internal organs) below their natural position and pain in the backbone is removed.
  9. It is helpful for the asthmatic patients.
  10. Blood circulation within the vertebral column improves thereby improving the nervous function.
  11. Removes rheumatic pain and stiffness in the shoulders.
  12. This asana is very much beneficial for adolescent girls. The stunted (underdeveloped or undersized) development of the bust (and in elderly women overdevelopment or sagging of breasts) is corrected by the regular practice of this asana. Breasts attain a proper tone. Beneficial to women after delivery.
  13. Better circulation to the brain reduces mental fatigue and it improves concentration and memory power.
  14. When feeling mentally exhausted, bored and sleepy, a wonderful remedy and to put you back in action immediately.

How to do the asana?

  1. Relax your body.
  2. Sit in the Padmasana, Vajrasana or Sukhasana pose.
  3. Bring both the hands forward in line of the shoulder.
  4. Interlock the fingers of both the hands.
  5. Take the hands over the head and turn the palms up facing the ceiling. Stretch the body upwards with the arms stretched towards the sky.
  6. Hold this posture for 30 to 60 seconds and breathe normally.
  7. To come back out of the posture, relax the hands, turn the palms and bring the hands in line of the shoulders, release the interlock and bring both the hands down.

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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