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Parvatasana - The Mountain Pose

by: Vasanthi Bhat Rajiv Jaswa


Yoga is a powerful art form with incredible healing powers. These powers can be harnessed by anyone with a desire for self-improvement. Stress is becoming more and more of a problem in today's fast paced lifestyle. It is damaging to your health and must be relieved.

There are various poses, or asanas, that can be used to relieve stress and revitalize your tired body and mind. The mountain pose, or Parvatasana (pur-vuht-ah-san), is one of the easiest of these poses, and in addition has many healing powers. Within minutes, one can be revitalized, flushing stress out of the body. This article will focus on both mental and physical benefits of Parvatasana the mountain pose.


Mental Benefits of Parvatasana

Parvatasana is a whole body stretch that allows good blood circulation, creating several benefits. Better circulation to the brain creates a revitalizing and refreshing sensation as it reduces mental fatigue and improves memory and concentration. This is the most important aspect of yoga. Try the Parvatasana when you feel mentally exhausted and possibly bored and sleepy after a long day at work or before you do your homework, if you are a student. If you keep an optimistic outlook and focus on the rewards of your completed work while you practice this asana and do your work; your work as well as your attitude will improve.


Physical Benefits of Parvatasana

The physical benefits of Parvatasana are as important as the mental benefits. This pose is also ideal for athletes, stretching every muscle from the head to the toe. In addition it prevents injuries by strengthening several fragile areas of our bodies. The pose stretches calf muscles, the hamstring muscles, the back and the forearms. This asana prevents and relieves carpal tunnel syndrome, rheumatic stiffness, and arthritis. It can be used for toning almost all of our body's muscles.


When should you practice the Parvatasana

Try the Parvatasana pose in the morning, during your breaks, in the evenings, or any free time. If you exercise regularly, you can also use this stretch to warm up before you exercise. Then, when you finish exercising, you can again use this to cool down.


Technique



In conclusion, the Parvatasana is a simple method of revitalization and prevention of rheumatic stiffness and carpal tunnel syndrome. Regardless of how busy your schedule is, you can always spare at least a minute to get into this posture and take a step back from your busy life.


Courtesy: Vasanthi Bhat -Teaches Yoga in San Jose Bay Area.
She is the author of the book The Power of Conscious Breathing in Hatha Yoga.
She has also produced a series of excellent YOGA Videos for all ages.



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