It happens to the best of us. You hang out with friends, or you have a bad day. And before you know it, you’ve eaten way too much. It might make you feel bad about yourself, and it will definitely make you feel physically uncomfortable.
But now’s not the time to get down on yourself. Now’s the time to give you and your body some much-needed relief, and this yoga position will help you feel better, both inside and out.
There are several different positions you can try when you feel too full, but Pawan Mukta is the best place to start. That’s because Pawan Mukta supports digestion. It’s something anyone can do, whether you’re an advanced yogi or just a beginner. Even if you don’t do yoga at all, you can still do this pose and reap all the benefits.
So, what does Pawan Mukta do?
“Pawan” means air or gas. “Mukta” means release. And this pose lives up to its name.
When you do this simple yoga pose, you compress the ascending and descending colon. This helps to stimulate the nerves in your digestive system, and that’s what helps your body pass and eliminate more quickly.
Here’s how you can do Pawan Mukta on your own.
This relaxing pose is easy to do. First, lay flat on your back, and hug both knees into your chest. Then, hug the right knee into your chest and extend the left leg all the way out.
Gently pull your right leg into your ribcage, while pressing your left leg onto the ground. Take slow, easy breaths as you hold this posture. Once you hold this pose for one minute, switch sides and repeat a couple rounds.
That’s it! This simple, gentle yoga pose can really ease digestion and make you feel better about yourself.