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Parvatasana: Meaning, Steps, Benefits

Parvatasana: Meaning, Steps, Benefits

Introduction

Parvatasana, in fact, is a yoga posture with a confused identity. The most familiar Downward Facing Dog Pose is often called by this name. Some yoga traditions call PadmaParvatasana by this name.

However, let us take the latter one here for our discussion leaving the former to be discussed in a separate article about Athomuga Svanasana.

Parvatasana Information

Pose NameParvatasana
Sanskritपर्वतासन
IASTparvatāsana
EnglishMountain Pose
LevelIntermediate
GroupPadmasana
TypeSeated Posture

Parvatasana Meaning

It is the combination of two Sanskrit words: Parvata and Asana. Parvata means a mountain. Asana is a Posture. Hence it is translated into English as Mountain Pose.

The term is a newer one. We could not find this term mentioned in Classical or Medieval yoga texts.

Parvatasana Practice Procedure

Safety and Precautions

This posture involves Padmasana also. Hence the same precautionary measures applicable to Lotus Posture applies this posture also.

Preparatory Poses

One should prepare himself/herself by taking the practice of the following poses.

Step By Step Procedure

Step 1

Sit in Lotus Position.

Step 2

With the support of the hands, raise the buttocks off the ground. Straighten up the trunk to stand on the knees. Head, trunk, and legs up to knee should be on a straight line.

Step 3

Release the support of the hands slowly. Place the palms of the hands in Anjali Mudra. Fix the eyes on any object in front of you or close the eyes.

Step 4

Keep the position as long as it is comfortable.

Step 5

Release the position. Repeat steps 1 to Step 3 with legs crossed the other way. Keep this position for an equal duration of time.

Duration

Initially, it is possible to keep the final position for ten to fifteen seconds only. In the course of practice, it may be extended for a period up to one or two minutes.

Advanced Pose Considerations

In stead of placing the hands in front of the chest in Anjali Mudra, one may raise the arm up above shoulder and put in Anjali Mudra. In this case, the elbows should be straight.

Alternatively, one may just raise both the arms above the shoulder without putting them together.

Parvatasana Benefits

  • This posture helps in activating the Sacral Chakra.
  • The posture makes the lower part of spine the more flexible.
  • It gives the gentle pressure to the lower spine. As a result, the nervous system gets a relaxing effect. The mind becomes calm on performance of this position.
  • In the advanced version of raising up the arms, it gives more flexibility to the shoulder region.
  • It restricts the blood flow to the lower part of the legs. As a consequence, the organs of abdomen get nourished. This improves their functions, especially digestion.

Thirunavukkarasu Sivasubramaniam

He has got 40 years of experience in traditional yoga philosophy and practice. He is well versed in Classical Sanskrit and Classical Tamil texts. His other area of proficiency includes Tantra and South Indian Astrology.

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