Parvat" stands for ‘mountain’. As the arms are raised high and the fingers are joined together above the head in this posture, the body resembles mountain peak and hence the name.
Parvatasana : The Mountain Pose - Detailed Description
- Sit erect in Padmasana
- Form a firm finger lock.
- Inhaling, stretch the arms with the finger-lock vertically above the head without raising the seat and knees.
- Turn the palms up exactly above the centre of the head.
- Inhaling again, stretch your arms upwards from the shoulder blades and stretch the trunk to the maximum without moving from your seat.
- Maintain this posture, holding your breath.
- Exhaling, resume the starting position.
- You can also perform the pose with the palms joined together and fingers stretched up.
- 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.
Tips and Help:
- To increase the benefits of this yoga posture, you can do the counting of Puraka (inhalation), Kumbhaka (holding breath) and Rechaka (exhalation)