Vayu Asana or Vayu Nishkasana

Are you looking for information on vayu asana? Vayu Nishkasana or wind releasing pose is a great way to focus on your breathing. You will effectively stretch your body, especially the spine, which helps reduce pressure between your vertebrae and joints.

This position and the benefits that you will gain from it can be improved by combining the eyebrow center gazing or Shambhavi Mudra. Are you ready to get started?

Vayu Asana – Procedure

You will need a yoga mat for this position. In order to gain maximum benefits from vayu nishkasana, you should keep your eyes open and breathe deeply.

  • 1. Start in the squatting position shown below with your fingers wrapped around your feet. The fingers should be under the arc of your sole and the thumbs above the feet.
Vayuasana or nishkasana squat position

  • 2. Keeping your fingers around your feet, place your arms in front of you, with the upper arms pressing against the inside of the knees. Keep your elbows slightly bent.
  • 3. Inhale and move the head back. Hold your breath for three seconds while pushing your head back a little further. You are now ready to move into the second position.
  • 4. Exhale while straightening your knees, raising your bum and bringing your head towards the knees. Your body should be in a possible resembling the picture below.
vayu nishkasana up

  • 5. Hold your breath in for three seconds. Do not strain but try to accentuate the spinal bend.
  • 6. Inhale and return to the squatting position.
  • 7. Repeat all preceding steps four to seven times.

Vayu Nishkasana – Benefits

As mentioned previously, your body will get a chance to stretch out and you can breathe deeply. The spinal stretch as well as the stretch in your arms and legs are significant.

Pressure between vertebrae and joints becomes balanced by stretching your spine. On top of that, your nerves and muscles (especially thighs, knees, shoulders, neck and arms) will benefit from practicing this asana. If you are currently suffering from flatulence, vayu asana may be helpful as well.

Learn more about asanas other than vayu asana right here.