This asana, as its name suggests, is ideal for releasing abdominal gas. To get into the pose, lie on your back with your legs together and arms beside your body. With an exhale, bring your right knee towards your chest, wrap your arms around your folded leg and press such that the thigh is against the abdomen. Breathe in and as you exhale, lift your head up and attempt to touch your chin to your right knee. Hold the pose and breathe. As you exhale, tighten the grip of the hands on the knee and as your inhale, loosen the grip. With a finally exhale, release the head, loosen the arm grip and rest your legs back on the floor. Repeat the pose with left leg and then with both the legs together. You may also rock up and down or roll from one side to another before finally relaxing.
The pose is ideal for digestion and strengthening the back and the abdominal muscles. The intestines and other abdominal organs are massaged. Blood circulation in the hip joints is enhanced and the lower back muscles are relaxed. One should avoid the pose in case of high blood pressure, heart problems, hyperacidity, hernia, slip disc, severe neck and back pain and after the second trimester of pregnancy.
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