For instance, whenever there is movement, such as in the transition between seasons or the transformation of food to energy, vata dosha is involved. Vata, made up of the ethers and air elements, provides the space for movement and the push of wind to take something from here to there. In the body, it allows your digestive organs to guide food from the mouth to the colon, your blood to circulate the nutrients throughout your body and your legs to walk as a result of the energy from your food.
Pawanmuktasana works to calm vata and relieve gas, while supporting stability in the hips and a stronger connection between the upper and lower parts of the body. Whenever vata is high, or during times of transition, combine this pose with other vata-calming activities, such as dinacharya (daily routine), and eating augmenting foods, such as cooked whole grains or stewed apples.