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Pawanmuktasana for Women with Ana Davis (video)

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pawanmuktasana video LRPawanmuktasana is a sequence of movements originating from classical yoga traditions that is designed to mobilise and free up energy in many of the major joints of the body. 

‘Pawan’ is a Sanskrit word for ‘wind’, ‘mukta’ means ‘releasing’,  and ‘asana’ means ‘posture’.   So, these are ‘wind releasing postures’. On a literal level, this sequence is thought to reduce intestinal ‘wind’, so is beneficial for the digestive system. However, the main intention of this sequence is to release the build up of the element of air and ether connected with the Ayurvedic (sister-science to yoga) constitution of ‘Vata’.  People who have a lot of ‘vata’ are likely to have physical symptoms of ‘dryness -  for example, dry, cracking joints – as well as emotional and  mental symptoms of a tendency towards anxiety and ungroundeness.  Practising this sequence is therefore calming and grounding.

I have adapted this classical sequence for the unique needs of the feminine-body. This particular “Moving with the Moon” Sequence features in addition to the typical joint-freeing postures, womb-centring postures that boost circulation and energy in the pelvic area. These postures can help balance our cycle and the overall effect of the whole sequence is to alleviate some of the emotional intensity that accompanies our cycle – for example, when we are feeling anxious or scattered during the pre-menstrual phase.    And, it is a wonderful panacea for women as we begin to age and move into the age of ‘vata’ - our 40s, 50s and beyond. 


 (If you can't see the video, click here to view in Youtube)



Ana-Davis profileAna Davis, Founder and Director of Bliss Baby Yoga, is driven by a passion for yoga for women, and supporting women with yoga through all ages and stages of their life. Ana is currently writing her first book, "Moving with the Moon - nurturing yoga, movement and meditation for every phase of your menstrual cycle", due for release in mid-2016. An advanced chapter E-book, "The Dark Moon: Nurturing Yoga for Healthy Menstruation" is available now.

Ana is excited to share her passion of yoga for women through the Bliss Baby Yoga Live Online Lecture Series (Ana will share a "Yoga for Menstruation" lecture on 9th May, 2016), and her new 80 hour Women's Yoga Teacher Training in Byron Bay, 25 May - 3 June, 2016, (which covers how to adapt a yoga practice for all phases of the menstrual cycle, fertility and pre-conception, menopause, and more!)

Ana will also be a guest teacher on the upcoming Bliss Baby Yoga 100 hr Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training in Byron Bay, 28 Apil - 6 May, 2016, and will also facilitate a 1-Day Level 1 Restorative Yoga Teacher Training in Byron Bay, 7th May 2016.




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