Wind Releasing Pose, also known as Vayu Nishkasana, is a yoga posture that is believed to help release trapped gas and relieve digestive discomfort. This pose is typically practiced while lying on the back, making it accessible to people of all ages and abilities.
|English Name||Wind Releasing Pose|
|Sanskrit Name||Vayu Nishkasana|
|Meaning||The name is derived from two Sanskrit words, “vayu” meaning “wind” or “air” and “nishkasa” meaning “to release”.|
|Base position||Squatting position|
|Body Part||Abdomen, thighs, knees|
|Category||Pawanmuktasana Series 3|
|Category (English)||Energy Block poses|
|Benefits||By stretching and massaging the abdominal area, this posture can help to stimulate the digestive organs, improve circulation, and promote the flow of prana or life force throughout the body.|
How to do Wind Releasing Pose (Vayu Nishikasana)
- Squat with the feet about 60 cm apart.
- Grasp the insteps of the feet, placing the fingers under the soles with the thumbs above.
- The upper arms should be pressing against the inside of the knees with the elbows slightly bent..
- The eyes should be open throughout the practice.
- Inhale while moving the head back. Direct the gaze upward. This is the starting position.
- Hold the breath for 3 seconds, accentuating the backward movement of the head.
- While exhaling, straighten the knees, raise the buttocks and bring the head forward towards the knees.
- Hold the breath for 3 seconds, accentuating the spinal bend. Do not strain.
- Inhaling, return to the starting position. This is one round.
- Practice 5 to 10 rounds.
Breathing pattern while doing Wind Releasing Pose (Vayu Nishikasana)
- Inhale in the squatting position.
- Exhale in the raised position.
Benefits of Wind Releasing Pose (Vayu Nishikasana)
- Relieves digestive discomfort: Vayu Nishkasana is particularly beneficial for people who suffer from bloating, gas, constipation, or other digestive issues. By massaging the abdominal area, this posture can help to stimulate digestion, promote bowel movements, and relieve discomfort.
- Stretches the hips and lower back: As you hug your knees towards your chest in this posture, you will feel a stretch in your hips, lower back, and glutes. This can help to release tension and stiffness in these areas and improve overall flexibility.
- Improves circulation: By compressing the abdominal area in this posture, Vayu Nishkasana can help to improve blood flow to the organs and promote overall circulation. This can help to boost energy levels and promote overall vitality.
- Balances the vayu: In yoga philosophy, Vayu Nishkasana is believed to help balance the vayu in the body, which can promote overall health and wellbeing.
- It gives an equal stretch to the whole spine and both the arm and leg muscles. All the vertebrae and joints are pulled away from each other so that the pressure between them is balanced. Simultaneously, all the spinal nerves are stretched and toned. It is also useful for relieving flatulence.
Precautions: It should be avoided by people with knee problems, and high blood pressure.