This asana is a part of the Pawanmuktasana series.it is helpfull in releasing tension from the various joints in the body.It is a big help for those suffering from rheumatism,arthritis,high blood pressure,etc. basically where rigorous physical workout is prohibited.
Getting into the posture:
1. Sit in the base position, with your legs stretched in front of you, feet together.
2. place the palms on both the sides, and the back should be straight.
3.Bend the knees and bring the soles of the feet together, keeping the heels as close to the perineum as possible.
4. Fully relax the inner thigh muscles.
5. Now clasp the feet with both the hands and gently move the knees up and down towards the floor. Try to get the knees as close to the floor as possible( touching the floor isn perfect).
6.Practice upto 30 up and down movements.
Benefits: It prepares the legs for padmasana.
It relieves the tension held in the upper thigh muscles.
Removes tiredness due to long hours of standing or walking.Contra indications: People with sciatia, and sacral conditions should avoid this asana.