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Friday, February 24, 2012

Postpartum Gas / Vaginal Gas? Release it with Pavana-mukta-asana

Vaginal gas is a byproduct of childbirth. All new mothers get them. But you can prevent and control with proper rest, right kind of foods and exercise. This is one of the best exercise to do during postpartum. Its benefits equals the benefits of wearing postpartum belt. Your uterus gets pushed inside while pushing out trapped air in your stomach and the vaginal passage.
(read Postpartum Gas / Vaginal Gas – How Can You Rid Of It?) & (Postpartum Foods for New Mothers)

Yoga has several effective exercises that can help you rid vaginal gas. One of them is called as the ‘Pavan-mukta-asana’.

‘Pavana’ in Sanskrit means ‘gas/wind/air’. ‘Mukta’ means ‘release/liberation’ and ‘asana’ means ‘posture’. So, ‘pavan-mukta-asana’ literally means ‘wind release posture’.

As per Ayurveda, the ancient science of medicine in India, when ‘vayu’, the ‘air’ element of your body is imbalanced, you suffer from gas & digestion problems, joint and muscle pains, insomnia, headaches and depression.

You can do this posture with 1 leg raised, at a time or both legs raise together at 45 degrees, bend your legs, wraps both arms around your legs and hold. Raise your head and hold for a few seconds again. Later, roll sideways on both sides, three times and finally, raise yourself back and forth, three times.

The bend legs in this yoga posture, presses into your stomach in order to release any traces of gas out from your stomach. It provides instant relief from stomach and colic pains. Practicing this asana regularly will provide great relief from postpartum vaginal air.

Other benefits include improved blood circulation, especially in the legs, thus alleviating pain in the hips. Your lower back muscles get strengthened and the gastric juices in the stomach get stimulated to help digestion.

As your metabolism gets enhanced, weight loss is achieved through expulsion of belly fat. Women with uterine issues greatly benefit from this exercise. Practice the kegels while doing this yoga posture, to strengthen your pelvic floor even more.

In the video below, I am showing 'pavanmuktasana' that should be done on an empty stomach. Your last meal should have been a couple of hours ago, at least.

1 comment:

  1. Message is very useful, but Can't view the video.