Wind Releasing Pose
The wind releasing pose is one of the most basic and common poses of yoga. It can be practiced by beginners with ease.
Lie down on the ground. Stretch your legs out and keep them shoulder width apart. Rest your arms next to you with your palms facing the ground.
Inhale and lift your right leg off the floor up in to the air. Do not fold it at the knee when lifting. Keep the leg perpendicular to the ground. Let your hips rest on the ground; do not lift them off the floor.
Wind Releasing Yoga Pose
Now fold your raised leg at the knee and hold it with both your palms or cross your hands against it. Bring your knee close to your chest. Lift your head and neck off the floor and bring it close to the chest. Touch your forehead to the knee at your chest. Your thigh of the folded leg should be resting on the abdomen.
Once you come to this position, try and hold the elbows of both your hands together.
Remain in this position for at least 30 seconds and repeat the process with the other leg. Breathe normally when you are holding your body in the position.
You can also try this position by bringing both the legs up at once. Try to hold the elbows with the opposite palms by pressing the knees and thighs in to the chest and abdomen.
Benefits of the wind releasing pose
- This pose strengthens the lower back
- Shapes the back and the abdomen
- Stretches the neck and the back
- Enhances the function of the circulatory system
Therapeutically wind releasing pose is known to treat flatulence, impotency and jaundice.
As a beginner, do not strain the muscles of your neck and back and do not pressurize your thighs by overstretching them. Remember to breathe normally during wind releasing pose.