The Digestive/Abdominal Poses in Yoga are also known as Pawanmuktasana Part 2. They are a group of asanas concerned specifically with strengthening the digestive system. This is the second part of the Pawanmuktasana Series 1,2,3. These are excellent for people with indigestion, constipation, acidity, excess wind or gas, lack of appetite, diabetes, disorders of the reproductive systems, and varicose veins.
The digestive and abdominal poses (pawanmuktasana – 2) also help in eliminating energy blockages in the abdominal area. Pawanmuktasana part 1 focused on antirheumatic yoga poses. This series focuses on the digestive and abdominal system.
How to go about doing Digestive and Abdominal Poses in Yoga – Pawanmuktasana Part 2
Throughout the practice of digestive and abdominal poses in yoga (pawanmuktasana -2)become aware of the following:
- Intra-abdominal pressure
- The stretch of the muscles
Periodic rest while doing Digestive and Abdominal Poses in Yoga – Pawanmuktasana Part 2
Before starting the practice of digestive and abdominal poses, the body and mind should be calm and relaxed. This is best achieved through the practice of corpse pose also known as shavasana in yoga. In addition, a short rest should be taken between asanas, lying in the corpse pose (shavasana). One minute or thirty seconds should be sufficient, but a more reliable guide is to rest until the breathing returns to normal.
Precautions while doing Digestive and Abdominal Poses in Yoga – Pawanmuktasana Part 2
When starting this series, it is not advisable to attempt all the practices in one go, especially the ones which involve using both legs together. It is better to choose one practice at a time and incorporate that into the previous practices. The pawanmuktasana part 2 series requires a great deal of effort and may put a strain on the lower back. Therefore, be aware of physical limitations and do not strain.
The practice of digestive and abdominal poses should not be performed by people suffering from high blood pressure, serious heart conditions, back conditions such as sciatica and slipped disc, or soon after abdominal surgery. If there is any doubt, please consult a competent therapist.
The starting position for Digestive and Abdominal Poses in Yoga – Pawanmuktasana Part 2
All these asanas are performed by lying flat on the back with the legs together and straight. The arms should be by the sides, palms down, and the head, neck, and spine in a straight line. Be sure to use a thin mat or a blanket, particularly with asanas such as supta pawanmuktasana and jhulana lurhakanasana where the body is balanced on the spinal vertebrae. Right-handed people will find these asanas are easily learned with the right side leading. They should then be practiced with the left side leading to balance development of the limbs, nerves, and behavior patterns.
Sequencing of Digestive and Abdominal Poses in Yoga – Pawanmuktasana Part 2
The sequence for Digestive and Abdominal Poses in Yoga – Pawanmuktasana Part 2 is as important as it is form any other yoga poses or technique. The following is the recommended sequence.
- Raised Legs Pose – Padotthanasana
- Leg rotation – Padchakrasana
- Cycling in yoga – Pada Sanchalanasana
- Leg lock pose – Supta pawanmuktasana
- rocking and rolling in yoga – Jhulana Lurhakanasana
- Sleeping abdominal stretch pose – Supta Udarakarshanasana
- Universal spine twist – Shava Udarakarshanasana
- Boat pose – Naukasana