The Seated Mountain Pose or the seated Parvatasana gives a good stretch to the trunk, waist and shoulders. In Sanskrit, Parvat means a mountain and asana means a pose. In this posture, the body is stretched to look like a mountain. The seated mountain pose is good posture to release the stress in the shoulders and the trunk.
Chakrasana should preferably be practiced on a soft carpet, which will protect the head. It should not be practiced on a blanket, which may slip. This is an inverted asana in which the whole body and nervous system are being placed in an abnormal position. It may be difficult to raise the body because the nervous system is not ready. Do not strain. Practice easier postures as preparation, such as setu asana. If the sense of position is space, or proprioception, is lost, strength is also lost. Chakrasana develops this sense of position in space.
Chakrasana strengthens the legs. It is beneficial to the nervous, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular and glandular system. It influences all the harmonal secretions and helps relive various gynaecological disorders.
This Mudra practice massages the abdominal organs and stretches the back, contributing to good general health. In addition, it is an excellent preparatory practice for meditation, engendering a sense of relaxation. It relieves anger and tension, inducing tranquillity. It develops awareness and control of psychic energy and is used to awaken manipura chakra. The respiration should be as slow as possible without the slightest strain.
Yoga mudra is so called because it unites the individual consciousness with the supreme consciousness, or the outer nature with the inner nature.