Parvata means a mountain. In this variation of Padmasana the arms are stretched over the head with the fingers interlocked.


1. Sit in Padmasana. (Plate 53)

2. Interlock the fingers, and stretch the hands vertically up over the head. Keep the head bent forward with the chin on the breast bone.

3. Stretch the arms up from the latissimus dorsi (near the floating ribs at the back) and the shoulder-blades. The palms should face upwards. (Plate 54)

4. Hold the pose for a minute or two with deep and even breathing. Change the crossing of the legs and the interlock of the fingers and repeat the pose, keeping the back erect.


The asana relieves rheumatic pains and stiffness in the shoulders. It helps draw free movement and to develop the chest. The abdominal organs are drawn in and the chest expands fully.


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