Pawan means wind; Mukt means release and Asana means posture. This is a group of exercises that release wind and gases from the body.
Wind not only refers to the gastric and intestinal gases but also to wind that is formed in every joint of the body. Incorrect chemical reactions in the body cause rheumatic pains and stiffness.
Posture shown in the image needs to be performed with each leg and then with both legs. The practice of PawanMuktAsana will help in removing excessive wind and gases from the joints. These exercises are very helpful for convalescents, invalids and those having difficulty in movements of the limbs. They are also effective in relieving muscular ailments.
Further, there are 2 groups of these Asanas- “The Anti-Rheumatic” group and “The Anti-Gastric” group.