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Yoga Exercise - Wind Relieving Pose (Pavanmuktasana)

You may not be aware that a Yoga Exercise can relieve even the unwanted gases from your body. In the Wind Relieving Yoga Pose, the excess gas would be removed from the stomach and intestines, thus improving the digestive system. This Yoga Pose will also tone and stretch your lower back.

STEP 1: Lie on the Yoga Mat.

STEP 2: Raise your left knee.

STEP 3: Wrap your hands around your left knee.

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STEP 4: Raise your head towards your knee. Breathe, release. Repeat with the right leg. You can also do the rocking motion slowly with rhythm.

Remember that while practicing the Wind Relieving Pose, resist the tendency to raise the lower back or buttocks off the ground and try to keep the leg that is on the mat as straight as possible. Aside from releasing unwanted gases from the intestines and stomach, the exercise will also massage the abdominal organs and the rocking motion will get rid of the stiffness in your spine.


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Friday 29th February 2008 at 8:22:19 PM  

It is very important to perform Pavanamuktasana - Wind Relieving Pose starting with the right leg -not starting with the left leg.

Steve G
Monday 24th March 2008 at 5:01:23 PM  

Hi Sohnia,

Why must one start with the right leg? Please explain - thx

Tuesday 25th March 2008 at 8:08:00 AM  

Hi! Steve G,It is real important to start with right leg because the right leg presses the ascending colon directly.The posture will follow with the left leg because the left leg presses the descending colon directly.So, never do the wind relieving pose starting with the left first .... ascending colon should be pressed firstthen move to descending colon pressing posture..... Peace be with you.

Steve G
Tuesday 25th March 2008 at 10:06:00 AM  

Got you, many thanks sohnia

and peace with you

Friday 28th November 2008 at 6:44:45 AM  

Hi Sohnia,You mean start with getting the right leg closer to your chest first ? Please adviseThanksKartik

Sunday 28th December 2008 at 10:48:03 PM  

Hi Sohnia, please can u guide me with the pattern of inhaling and exhaling with respect to Pavanmuktasan

Chris Kirk
Tuesday 8th September 2009 at 5:05:12 PM  

What a great article, I will have to try this later..

Wednesday 9th September 2009 at 6:19:43 PM  

I had heap joint mussels pain. Physiotherapist asked me to do heap exercise and found that my colon problem of bloating is improved within 3 days. For colon problem I use to take cleansing medicines earlier. So I started the animation exercise daily to improve colon function.

Friday 30th April 2010 at 3:43:03 AM  

sonia. love u. u solved my gas problem :) it''s working great now.

Saturday 26th June 2010 at 5:29:23 AM  

Hi. How many times should you perform this exercise and how long should you hold the pose? Thanks.

Friday 16th July 2010 at 3:22:40 AM  



Friday 24th September 2010 at 9:34:38 AM  

Very very useful and very many thanks.

Ruchi Kedia
Thursday 20th January 2011 at 3:52:33 AM  

pls. let me know clearly that only 1 time with each leg is enough for the day?

Saturday 22nd January 2011 at 11:06:25 AM  

Would you have any exercise for gall bladder attacks?

Thanks in advance!


Emmitt Hollin
Saturday 26th February 2011 at 11:26:21 PM  

I was looking for a pose for just this problem when I found your site. This is GREAT! I love your site. The animations of the poses is extremely helpful. I''ll be returning here often.

Emmitt Hollin
Monday 28th February 2011 at 2:43:17 PM  

I just had to let you know I tried this exercise and it really helped - thanks, again!

Sunday 6th March 2011 at 10:50:24 PM  

please advise the breathing technique while doing pawanmukthasan. Please guide

Thursday 31st March 2011 at 4:52:02 PM  

Something I ate last night really didn''t agree with me! I had a terrible pain in my right side. I tried this and I found it useful. This is a wonderful site.

Sunday 17th July 2011 at 3:58:16 AM  

How many times do we need to do for each leg? Until we are tired or is there a sequence?
Can we do it in the evening?

Monday 25th July 2011 at 12:37:45 PM  

Can you over-do this exercise. say i did it morning, noon and evening hold for 1 minute each time?

Monday 14th November 2011 at 2:57:59 AM  

can we do this exercise after eating?

Friday 18th November 2011 at 9:27:33 AM  

I have read that those who have backache problem can do this without lifting the head to touch the knee. In that case also while folding the leg, it is necessary to breath out. please clarify- thanks

Sanjeev K
Wednesday 11th January 2012 at 10:53:16 AM  

It was really nice.Thanks

Tuesday 24th January 2012 at 4:11:08 AM  

I guess this asana is best for people suffering from indigestion and gastric problem.

T.R. Chandran
Sunday 4th March 2012 at 5:30:48 AM  

I have been taught to bend the knees to chest, hold it for 5 to 6 seconds and then release. In this case, head is not lifted to touch knees. I have hearing and gidiness problem. Is this method correct. (Alternatively, while folding the leg to chest whether i should exhale )Kindly advise to my above e-mail i.d

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