Introduction to Parvatasana
Parvatasana (pronunciation: Par-vat-aa-s-uh-nah) is one of the 12 basic asanas in Yoga. It is also a part of “SuryaNamaskar” and “Ashthang Yoga”. Parvatasana as the name suggests is a mountain pose performed sitting or standing.
Scientific Way to perform Parvatasana
As mentioned earlier, this asana is a part of “Suryanamaskar” and is the fifth pose and eleventh pose.
The correct steps to do both sitting and standing pose are:
- Sit straight on yoga mat in the lotus position with both hands resting on knees palms down.
- Raise your hands to the front and clasp together with palms outwards.
- Lift your hands over your head straight with palms facing up.
- Stretch and hold the position for fe seconds. Repeat multiple times.
- Stand straight on your yoga mat with legs together and hands to the sides.
- Lift your hands up and bring them down. As you do bend from waist.
- Reach to the floor at an angle.
- Let your legs be straight and firm on the floor. Make sure you do not bend knees.
- Keep the shape of exactly 45 degrees relative to floor.
- Keep this position for few seconds and release.
- Repeat multiple times.
Precautions to take while performing Parvatasana
- If you feel pain or excruciating stretch abort performing.
- While sitting, do not lift your butt.
- Keep your back and neck straight.
- Do not hunch.
Who can and can’t perform Parvatasana
- Everyone can do the Parvatasana.
- Those suffering from knee pain, do not attempt.
Variations in Parvatasana
There are no major variations in this asana
Health Benefits of Parvatasana
- Done in the morning keeps you alert.
- Parvatasana stretches the spine.
- It helps practitioners below 18 years to gain some height.
- The stretch in this pose reduces extra fat in the back and waist.
- It tones the abdominal muscles and hence stimulates the inner organs in the abdominal region.
- It sets right respiratory disorders including asthma.
- As you stretch your arms straight, your triceps and biceps receive good work out.
- It helps to reduce back pain.
- It improves the ability to stay focused.
Parvatasana helps people who have sedentary lifestyle or desk jobs.