Parvatasana - The Mountain Pose
"Parvat" stands for ‘mountain’. In this pose the hands are kept in a position that resembles the peak of a mountain.
- Sit straight up and assume Padmasana.
- Intertwine the fingers of both hands to form a finger lock.
- Inhale and raise the arms above your head.
- Stretch the arms so that they are straight.
- The posterior and knees should remain on the ground.
- Turn up your palms over the head.
- Inhale and now and stretch your arms further up feeling the tug on the shoulder blades.
- Stretch your trunk upwards and remain in this posture for about ten seconds.
- Exhale and return to Padmasana.
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.