Parvatasana, Hill Pose, also called Mountain Pose
Sit in Padmasana, Siddhasana or in Swastikasana. Inhale deeply while bringing your arms straight above your head. Hold your breath while also keeping your arms up. When you feel like exhaling, bring your arms down and slowly exhale.
Perform this pose three to five times consecutively.
This yoga exercise makes your shoulders flexible and gives relief to your neck and upper back muscles.
You can imagine the positive effect that this yoga asana has on your respiratory system. You fill your lungs consciously with much air, hold it until all oxygen is used and then completely exhale all the used air. A regular repetition of this exercise brings you the habit of breathing more deeply in your normal breathing, too, which brings more oxygen in your system and makes your more active in general.
The regular deep breathing relaxes your complete system and helps you managing stress, tension and pressure of your every day’s life with more ease.
With this exercise you increase the blood circulation in your body and help your heart with its job.
Energetically, this yoga pose stimulates the heart chakra. Through this, you have the possibility to feel deeper peace and love inside you.
To increase the benefits of this yoga posture, you can do the counting of Puraka (inhalation), Kumbhaka (holding breath) and Rechaka (exhalation) as described in our ‘Pranayama’ category.