The Pawanmuktasana series is a hallmark of Satyananda Yoga tradition. It is one of the most important group of practices that has a profound effect not only on the body but on the whole personality.
'Pawan' means the wind or air. It refers to the energy or prana flowing in our body like wind. 'Mukta' means to release. Therefore Pawanmuktasana refers to a group of asanas which helps in unblocking the flow of prana in the body thereby improving flexibility and strength and bestowing a feeling of lightness in the body and mind.
The Pawanmuktasana series is divided into three groups:
PM 1, the Anti-rheumatic series - for all joints.
PM 2, the Anti-gastric series - for the abdominal region.
PM 3, the Shaktibandha series - energy boosting and mainly for the pelvic region.
PM 2 or the anti-gastric series is a group of practices for the abdominal region. It helps in strengthening and toning the muscles in the abdomen, reduces excess abdominal fat, energizes all organs located here such as the liver, the pancreas, the kidneys, and brings balance to the entire digestive system.
In these five days of Yoga Anubhava, we will focus completely on the PM 2 series.