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Plagued by gas and acidity? Then it’s time to get instant relief with pawanmuktasana

Updated on:15 October 2020, 10:50am IST
If you’ve been experiencing discomfort due to gas and acidity, turn to yoga for digestion. Because guess what? The pawanmuktasana pose can give you instant relief
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Pawanmuktasana is the ultimate solution for constipation and gas. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Don’t you feel helpless and annoyed when you have a build-up of gas, and are unable to release it? Or when a constipated stomach makes you squeal in pain? And if this is something you suffer from every now and then, we’re sure you must be relying on antacids. Ladies, get rid of that habit now because we’ve got a natural cure for you. Yes, we’re talking about using yoga for digestion.  

No, we aren’t asking you to gulp a bitter kadha down your throat. Instead, we’re here to tell you a miracle cure: pawanmuktasana aka the gas release yoga pose.

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Unfortunately, due to our sedentary lives and eating habits, indigestion has become a part and parcel of our lives. And sometimes, pain and discomfort get so bad that you just can’t tolerate it! This is particularly common amongst the elderly population, as they get very little physical activity due to their age. 

So without further ado, let’s understand why pawanmuktasana works, and also the right way to do this yoga pose. 

Here’s how you have to do Pawanmuktasana for foolproof results
  • Lie on your back or in a supine position, with your arms beside your body.
  • Inhale and as you exhale bring your knees toward your chest, and press your thighs on your abdomen. 
  • Inhale and as you exhale, raise your head off the floor, letting your chin or forehead touch your knees.
  • Hold this pose as you take deep, long breaths in and out.
  • Release the pose to return to the starting position, bringing your head down first and then your legs 
  • Repeat this for 2-3 rounds and then relax.
What makes pawanmuktasana perfect for gastric pain and gut problems?

According to yoga expert Grand Master Akshar, practicing pawanmuktasana can help improve digestion and promote weight loss. This pose is known by many names, such as the wind-relieving pose, and even the gas release pose. 

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“It is also considered as one of the best asanas to reduce belly fat and boost your metabolism. Add pawanmuktasana to your daily routine to reduce binge eating, promote regular bowel movements, and aid in weight loss”, he said.

But please don’t practice it if you fall under the following categories
  1. If you have high blood pressure, hyperacidity, hernia, slip disc, heart problems, testicular disorders, neck and back issues, then pose is not for you. 
  2. If you are pregnant or menstruating, then steer clear of this pose.

So ladies, don’t embarrass yourself with a growling gut and untimely farting, instead, practice pawanmuktasana and relax.

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Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.