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50. Parvatasana
mountain pose
Parvatasana or mountain pose gets its name because the body takes the shape of a mountain peak. This beautiful asana, done here by Neetu Singh, can be held for a long time, allowing the body to open up as you breath. It is also a great asana to help track your progress throughout your yoga practice. It is one of the postures in surya namaskar which should be practiced everyday with rising sun. Take some time in parvatasana each morning and see how your body adjusts to the posture day by day. Are your heels coming close to or touching the floor? Are you lengthening the legs as much as possible? Are you relaxing your shoulders? Can you feel each vertebrae slowly stretching more and more each time you practice? Because you are so grounded in this asana the body is flooded with awareness. Even if you like moving swiftly through sun salutations, take time in the first two round to hang out in each posture, slow the breathing down and feel each part of the body coming to life.
Procedure:
1. Take both the hands forward and lock the fingers of both the hands together.
2. Take the hands over the head and turn the palms downside up facing the roof. Stretch the body upwards with the arms stretched towards the sky.
3. Stabilize the position and continue normal breathing.
4. Parvat Asana is very fruitful to give a balanced stretch to the torso. This is an excellent Asana to help incase of prolapsed uterus & abdomen, in toning the abdominal and excretory reproductive organs and trim the waist line in addition to opening up the hip joint.
Benefits:
Parvatasana helps develop a proper breathing technique.With regular practice of the pose, your lung capacity will increase.Parvatasana helps reduce flab from the abdomen, tummy, hips and the waist.The pose has a slimming effect on the physique.The spine and ribs are stretched.The abdomen, pelvis and side muscles are pulled up and hence get toned.Muscles of the diaphragm develop strength.
Precautions:
This asana is very simple and anyone can practice.Those, who cannot practice Padmasana, can practice it in standing, stretched legs or in Vajrasana.An erect posture is absolutely essential and gaze has to be forward.
Position:
Sitting Position: Padmasana


Ekapada Rajakapothasana
Kurmasana
Chakrasana
Uttitha Hastha Padangustasana
Simhasana
Ghandaberundasana
Vrischikasana II
Parvatasana
Suptha Veerasana
Matsyasana
Purna Chakrasana
Ushtrasana
Utkatasana
Rajakapothasana
Purna Bhujangasana
Trikonasana
Hanumanasana
Vrikshasana
Siddhasana
Purna Shalabhasana

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