Parvatasana or the Mountain pose is part of the Sun Salutation series of asanas. It appears as the 4th pose and the 9th pose in the Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskara. In Sanskrit “Parvata’ means mountain. The pose looks like a mountain from the sides and hence the name Parvatasana.
Parvatasana can strengthen the wrists and legs. It also increases the flow of blood to the head. It gives natural massage to the heart and lung muscle and is very useful in relieving the lumber, spinal, shoulder, knee and ankle pains and varicose veins.
1. As part of the Surya Namaskara, Parvatasana is performed after Ashwa Sanchalanasana or the equestrian pose. Hence Ashwa Sanc halanasana becomes the starting pose for Parvatasana.
2. From Ashwa Sanchalanasana, straighten the bend leg and take it backwards. Exhale during this process. Let the right and left foot be together.
3. Raise the buttocks up. Let the two arms be on the floor and support the body weight. Lower the head to be between the two arms. The body makes the shape of a triangle when observed from the sides. It looks like a mountain and hence the name.
4. When done as part of the Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation exercises) a mantra can be chanted while performing this asana. Parvatasana is done as the 4th pose and the 9th pose. The mantra to be chanted is given below:During 9th pose chant “Om Marichaye Namaha”. It means salutation to the lord of the dawn.
5. During 4th pose chant “Om Khagaya Namaha”. It means salutations to the one who moves in the sky
Raise the buttocks while inhaling. While exhaling bend the head and straighten the legs. Breathe normally in the final position.
1. Parvatasana should not be done if you have any wrist, hip or ankle injury, hunch back, acute trouble in spinal column or shoulder pain.
2. Excessive hypertensive person should avoid.