Kashtha Takshanasana also known as Chopping Wood pose in Yoga is a part of the Pawanmuktasana series 3 (Energy block postures [Shakti bandha asanas]) mentioned in “Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha” by Swami Satyananda Saraswati that focuses on improving the energy flow within the body. It also eliminates energy blockages in the spine, activates the lungs and heart, and improves endocrine function.
How to do Chopping Wood In Yoga – Kashtha Takshanasana
- Squat with the feet flat on the floor about 45 cm apart.
- The knees should be fully bent and separated.
- Clasp the fingers of both hands together and place them just above the floor between the feet. Straighten the arms and keep them straight throughout the practice.
- The elbows should be inside the knees.
- The eyes should remain open.
- Imagine the action of chopping wood. Raise the arms above and behind the head, stretching the spine upward. Look up towards the hands.
- Make a downward stroke with the arms, as if chopping wood. Expel the breath making a ‘Hal’ sound. The hands should return near the floor in between the feet.
- This is one round.
- Practice 5 to 10 rounds.
Breathing while doing Chopping Wood In Yoga – Kashtha Takshanasana:
- Inhale while raising the arms.
- Exhale while lowering the arms.
Benefits of doing Chopping Wood In Yoga – Kashtha Takshanasana:
- This asana loosens up the pelvic girdle and tones the pelvic muscles.
- It also has a special effect on the usually inaccessible muscles of the back between the shoulder blades, as well as the shoulder joints and upper back muscles.
- It helps to release frustration and lighten the mood.
Precautions of Chopping Wood In Yoga – Kashtha Takshanasana:
- Not for people with knee problems or sciatica.
Pawanmuktasana Part 3 – Shakti Bandha Asanas in Yoga
Pawanmuktasana Part 3 consists of a group of asanas concerned with improving the energy flow within the body and breaking down neuro-muscular knots. They are also known as Shakti Bandha Asanas or Energy Block postures in Yoga.
Pawanmuktasana series in Yoga is one of the most important groups of yoga poses or yoga asanas that have a very profound effect on the human body and mind and is thus a most useful tool for the yogic management of various disorders and maintenance of health.
Pawanmuktasana is divided into three distinct groups of asanas:
- Pawanmuktasana Series 1: The anti-rheumatic group.
- Pawanmuktasana Series 2: the digestive/abdominal group.
- Pawanmuktasana Series 3: Shakti bandha group to release energy blocks.
Pawanmuktasana Part 3 Yoga poses eliminate energy blockages in the spine, activate the lungs and heart, and improve endocrine function. The series is useful for those with reduced vitality and a stiff back and is especially useful for menstrual problems and toning the pelvic organs and muscles. It can be practiced after pregnancy for retoning flaccid muscles.
Sequence of Pawanmuktasana Part 3
- Rajju Karshanasana – Pulling the rope pose
- Gatyatmak Meru Vakrasana – Dynamic spinal twist
- Chakki Chalanasana – Churning the mill
- Nauka Sanchalanasana – Rowing the boat
- Kashtha Takshanasana – Chopping wood
- Namaskarasana – Salutation pose
- Vayu Nishkasana – Wind releasing pose
- Kauva Chalasana – Crow Walking
- Udarakarshanasana – Abdominal stretch pose