EFFECTS ON THE MUSCLES AND LIGAMENTS
The back muscles are very stretched in this asana, the muscles of the legs are strengthened and harmoniously fortified, the shoulders are relieved of all tensions and the wrists become supple and elastic.
EFFECTS ON THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
The ortosympathetic system is the first beneficialiary of this asana, because it is stretched along the spine. The increased blood irrigation in the spine musculature also helps the sympathetic system and is highly beneficialial for your health.
The parasympathetic system is also improved by this asana. Thus the contraction of the perineum stimulates the pelvic parasympathetic system and this stimulation is favourable for all the abdominal organs.
The solar plexus is stretched and massaged, and this is beneficialial for all digestive functions. The decongestion of the entire abdominal area eliminates anxiety and also eliminates the negative effects of stress.
EFFECTS ON THE ENDOCRINE GLANDS
Purvottanasana energizes considerably the endocrine gland. When you bend the head backwards the blood is directed to this area and to the thyroid gland and thus its functions become naturally regulated.
Thus, Purvottanasana balances the hypo or hyper thyroid cases, it is not a radical and immediate improvement, or an elimination of a pathological dysfunction of the thyroid gland, but there will be notable beneficialial effects in time with continued practice.
Other beneficialial effects are on the suprarenal glands and also on the male and female sexual glands. The hormonal secretions are balanced and regulated by the practice of this asana.
EFFECTS ON THE INNER ORGANS
The inner organs from the inferior part of the abdomen, and especially those performing the eliminatory functions of the digestive tube are beneficialiaries of this asana.
Through the stimulation of the pelvic sympathetic system, the excretory functions of the colon are harmoniously stimulated. Thus, this asana provides a natural remedy for constipation, without the compression of the abdomen.
The kidneys are also toned and their functions are improved. The entire genitor-urinary system benefits from this process.
In the case of a sedentary lifestyle, the organs from the inferior abdomen are compressed by the weight of the other organs.
This pose decongests them and provides relief from this weight. Among other things, this asana has great effects on the prostate. In the case of women, the ovarian functions and menstruation get back to normal.
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