Parvatasana - The Mountain
पार्वत pārvata [vr. parvata]. of the mountain, hilly - f. pārvatī myth. np. of the goddess Parvati "Daughter of the Mountain" (Pārvatī), daughter of Himavan (Himavān) and Menaka (Menakā), spouse of Siva; she is the reincarnation of Sati (Satī); see Uma (Umā), Durga (Durgā); her body was cut into pieces by Visnu's disk; see pīthatstāna, jyaisthāstamī.
Note: पर्वत parvata [parvan] mountain. पर्वन् parvan: knot (of a stem), joint, articulation | section of a book; not. one of the 18 sections of Mah.
While appearing easy, parvatasana is quite delicate when applying the details. It requires precision and great attention to the position of the back, elbows and hands. When these requirements are respected, parvatasana becomes very easy to hold. It has been described for its ability to discover the energies of the high crowns, the domain of the goddess Parvati.
The starting point is a comfortable sitting position, preferably Padmasana (lotus). The eyelids are closed, the spine is straight and the hands are together.
Exhale without moving. During the inhalation that follows, raise the arms, elbows straight so that the palms of the hands are in line with the fontanel. During the full retention, rotate the hands upward to assume the final position:
Exhale completely and observe the energy going down to the root while insuring that the eyes do not move from the glabella. The visualization of the energetic circuit is purely mental.
Energy work: inhale half way while visualizing the energy going up on left, from root to heart. Pause and see the energy move inside the heart as if doing three loops from front to back and from top to bottom. On each loop, activate the center by establishing Ashvini Mudra and reciting the Bija 'OM'. Repeat this thrice per loop.
Complete the other half inhalation while visualizing the energy going up on the right of the heart going through the right arm to the hands. Pause and perceive the energy evolve in the forehead center. Establish the ternary loop work at the level of the forehead.
Exhale half way trough while visualization the energy descending on the left passing through the left arm up to the heart. Pause. Establish the ternary loop work at the level of the heart.
Complete the other half exhalation while perceiving the energy descending on the right of the heart up to the root. Pause and observe the energy move inside the root. Establish the ternary loop work at the level of the heart.
And so forth. This is like establishing a huge energy loop resembling the number 8, with a pause when it goes to each Granthi (root, heart and forehead).
Finally, end the respiratory cycle at the level of the root. Inhale deeply directly through the axis. Hold in full retention and establish Tria Bandha (the three locks).
During the following exhalation, come back to the starting position and bring the breathing back to normal. Assume the integration posture and observe the results in immobility and silence.
The practice lasts at least 3 minutes and can be expended to 5 minutes or more.