Apanasana - Wind Relieving Posture Apanasana - Wind Relieving Posture by Sue Fuller

Apanasana helps to relieve wind and release tension in the lower back.

It is also known as the wind relieving posture and knee to chest posture.  It will help to move waste and excess gas through the body.  This posture takes its name because Apana is one of the five major prana vayus (or flows of prana).  Apana is the downward force of the exhalation and assists with the elimination process.

Lie on your back and draw your knees in towards your chest, lightly hold either your knees or shins.  Take your time to relax your shoulders and feel your hips very heavy.  Scan through your body and notice if both sides of your body feel equal in length.  Picture your inhalation travelling up your spine and your exhalation travelling down your spine removing any tension as it exits the body.

Try the following whilst in apanasana.

As you inhale allow the knees to drift away and as you exhale bring the knees closer to your chest.  Continue for ten complete breaths.  The last time you draw your knees in towards your chest hold it there and continue to breathe slowly.  If it is comfortable lift your head and direct your forehead towards your knees, relax your shoulders and hold for five complete breaths.

Sue Fuller is a leading yoga teacher with a range of over 60 audio yoga classes. Including Gentle Yoga classes for the absolute beginner and a range of beginner classes that guide you through techniques and practices to help you establish a strong foundation in Yoga.  Classes are available on both CD and MP3 from www.wellbeingworldonline.com or from www.yoga2hear.co.uk .