Parvati Raj Sequence for Women’s Health
also called Scorpio complex
Contraindications for the implementation of this complex are the Schmorl nodes — also known as intervertebral disc herniations — larger than 0.5 cm. Please consult your doctor before starting any physical exercise regimen.
This complex is recommended by Dr. Igor Vetrov, who is a medical doctor as well as doctor of Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.
Parvati raj is suggested for the prevention and treatment of diseases of the female sexual sphere – uterine myomas, endometriosis, polycystic ovaries, chronic inflammation of the appendages, painful and irregular menstruation, premature menopause, and even infertility. It can also be used by men for the treatment and prevention of chronic prostatitis and decreased sexual potency.
The Parvati-Raj complex consists of eight fairly well-known asanas performed in a strictly specified sequence. An alternation of this sequence can lead to a completely different result.
Each asana (posture) in the complex is performed once. It is necessary to strive to smoothly move from one asana to another. The duration of the stress phase is determined by the most difficult of eight exercises for a given person. At the beginning it can be 4-8 seconds. Then, gradually (within a few months) the duration should be brought up to 4-8 minutes. It is permissible to repeat the complex from beginning to end not more than 8 times.
#1 Viparita Karani (Half shoulder stand)
Lie on your back with your head to the north, hands along the trunk, and legs together. Keeping your legs straight, lift them above the head, followed by the pelvis. Place your hands under the buttocks with your elbows resting on the floor. The head, neck, and back should lie on the floor, not rising. The weight of the raised legs should be placed on the elbows of the arms supporting the pelvis. Consciousness is directed to the thyroid gland (vishudha-chakra). Breathing is free through the nose. Stay in the pose until you begin to experience signs of light fatigue. On the way to get your feet behind your head for balance, put your hands on the floor with your palms down and slowly lower your legs to the floor.
Additional Note for Viparita Karani
It is not recommended using blocks, cushions or blankets under the pelvis and to lean your legs against a wall. This is only an option if you have physical difficulties with this posture or are not strong enough to lift your pelvis up.
The name ‘Legs-up-the-Wall-Pose is not actually accurate for Viparita Karani. In a variation for people who cannot go into the original pose, this name may fit but the original posture is different.
Those who would like to read about the origin of this posture in the scriptures and confirm this statement can consult Gherand Samhita, chapter 3, 34-36 and
Hatha yoga Pradipika, chapter 3, 78-82 and
Shiva Samhita, chapter 4, 44-45
Effect. It is a key posture to this complex, activating the hypothalamic-pituitary part of the brain, the thyroid gland, the ovaries, the work of the sympathetic centers of the spinal cord associated with the reproductive system. Provides harmonization between the synthesis of gonadotropic hormones of the pituitary gland and estrogens and progesterone. Normalizes the interrelationships of sahasrara, vishudha, manipura and svadhisthana-chakras. It requires great care in performing, especially for people who have abnormalities of the cervical spine.
#2 Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)
Lie down on your back, head to the south, legs together, hands along the trunk. With a full breath, move hands over your head. With a full exhalation sit down, straight arms and trunk on one line. Bend down as low as possible to the legs, the chin stretches to the knees. Form the index fingers and thumbs into a ring, while the middle finger takes hold of the big toe. The elbows stretch to the floor. Knees do not bend, the trunk is straight, the thorax should lie on the hips. Try to hold the exhalation as long as the body allows. With a full breath, straighten up and sit down, palms of the hands sliding on the legs. With a full exhalation, lie on your back, hands along the trunk. Consciousness is directed to the solar plexus zone.
Effect. Normalizes the work of sympathetic centers of the lumbosacral spine, responsible for the normal function of the gonads, kidneys and adrenal glands
#3 Anjali Mudra
Facing east stand on your knees or sit with your legs crossed. Take a full breath. Fold your hands behind you perpendicular to your back at the level of the lower thoracic. With an exhalation begin the inclination of the trunk forward (first tilt the head until the chin rests in the chest and then lean forward, bending vertebrae by vertebrae), trying to reach the floor. Hold on the exhalation to a state of a mild discomfort. With a full breath, straighten the torso in the reverse order, move your hands to your knees, then make a full exhalation. Consciousness is directed to the area of the solar plexus (manipura-chakras) and further to compressed organs and stretched muscles.
Effect. Harmonizes the work of the svadhisthana-chakra (tuning fork of the genital sphere) and manipura-chakra (tuning fork of the organs of the gastrointestinal tract and adrenal glands). Accelerates the transition of estradiol at the liver level to safe estrogens.
# 4 Bhujang asana (Cobra)
Lie on the floor face down, forehead on the floor, legs together (at the beginning the legs can be on the width of the shoulders), toes pointed. Palms are on the floor slightly ahead of the head with your fingers forward, the distance between the palms is the width of one palm. With a full breath, start with lifting the head, then continue lifting the trunk, transferring the deflection from the vertebra to the vertebra. The navel is on the floor. In a pose, hold back by straining your spine muscles, without resting on your hands. Inhale. With a full exhalation, begin laying down on the floor in the reverse order, so the head lies on the floor last. With the beginning of the inhale, the energy is directed to the thyroid gland (vishudha-chakra) and, when bending, move it along the pingala nadi (one of the three main energy channels located to the right of the spine) to the genital gland region. When holding the breath, gain the energy along the legs to the svadhisthana-chakra, and by exhalation, raise it through the ida nadi (to the left of the spinal cord) to the area of the thyroid gland. The breath hold is one and a half times longer than the duration of the entaire breath. Exhalation is equal to inhalation.
Effect. Eliminates venous congestion of the pelvic organs, harmonizes the work of the ovaries, increases the synthesis of progesterone by the yellow body, eliminates chronic inflammation of the appendages. This pose enhances the activity of the ida nadi, eliminating the energy blockages of the ascending channel and harmonizing the work of the svadhisthana-chakra.
#5 Dhanur asana (Bow pose)
Lying on the floor face down, head to the north, hands along the trunk, legs together. Bend your knees, grasp your hands behind your ankles, tauten and curl as much as possible in the back, lifting your pelvis and chest above the floor, reclining your head back. Keep the legs together. Breathing is free, the body can swing back and forth with the breath. The energy is directed to the solar plexus area (manipura-chakra). Stay in the posture until slightly tired.
Effect. Accelerates the transition of estradiol to safe estrogens (estrone and estriol) in the liver. As is known, a high level of estradiol can cause estrogen-dependent tumors. This asana also harmonizes the operation of the manipura-chakra and the organs associated with it – the liver, pancreas, stomach, small intestine and adrenal glands.
#6 Ardha Salabh asana (Half Loctus Pose)
Lying on the belly head to the north, legs together, toes stretched, arms along the trunk, palms up, forehead or chin lying on the floor, take a full breath. Consciousness is directed to the area of the solar plexus (manipura-chakra). Turn the palms to the floor, clasp them in fists and rest them on the floor. Hold the breath and raise the left straight leg as high as possible. Inhale and hold as long as you can. The body weight should be only on the arms and fists not on the right leg. Consciousness is transferred to the area of the kidneys and lower back. Stay in the posture until slightly tired. With a full exhalation, smoothly lower the leg. Repeat the exercise with on the right leg.
Effect. Eliminates adhesions in the fallopian tubes and ovarian cysts. Increases the activity of the muladhara-chakra and the ascending channel of the ida nadi.
#7 Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Spinal Twist)
Sitting on the floor facing south, legs stretch forward, bend the left leg and put it on the floor with a heel under the crotch. Bend the right leg, move the right foot through the left thigh and place parallel to it, move the heel of the left leg under the right buttock, but do not sit on it. Expand the trunk to the right side to the limit, the right knee to lead over the left shoulder, straighten the left hand and with the middle finger, as a hook, take hold of the right leg (stretch the arm around the back). Consciousness is directed to the kidney area. Breathing is free. Stay in the posture until slightly tired. Repeat in the other direction.
Effect. Harmonizes the work of sympathetic centers associated with the reproductive system. Prevents excessive accumulation of shakti energy in svadhisthana (an excess of this energy can lead to a disruption of the ratio between estrogens and progesterone).
#8 Tree Pose
This standing posture is performed facing east. Put your feet to the width of your shoulders, imagine to mentally “grow” roots, as deep as possible into the ground. Slowly raise your arms upwards, trying to reach the sky. Hold the breath and stretch the body up and down, concentrating on the heart area (anahata-chakra). Slowly exhale, lowering the arms, making an arc around the body. At the inhale, raise the energy up to the crown of the head and above, on exhaling, lower it down to the ground.
Effect. Aligns the work of “heavenly” and “terrestrial” flows (surya-nadi and candra-nadi). Provides an even distribution of energy throughout the body. Harmonizes the ratio of gonadotropic hormones to the pituitary gland and sex hormones.