Parivrtta means revolved or turned around; parsva means side; kona is an angle. Revolved Side Angle Pose is a twisting posture that squeezes the abdominal organs, aiding in digestion, and requires a high degree of flexibility in the hips, legs and spine. If the right hand won't reach the floor, take a block under the right hand.
Parivrtta Parsvakonasana : The Turned Side Angle Pose - Detailed Description
"As inumerable cups full of water, many reflections of the sun are seen, but the sun is the same; similarly individuals, like cups, are inumerable, but spirit, like the sun, is one."
- Stand with the feet together and the arms by your sides (see the tad-asana). Inhale and spread your legs apart slightly further than shoulder distance (about 3-4 feet).
- Stretch your arms straight out from the shoulders parallel to the floor with your palms facing down.
- Exhale slowly and turn your right foot toward the right 90 degrees. Bend your right knee about 90 degrees.
- Place the palm of your left hand flat on the floor next to the outside of your right foot. Rest the right elbow on the outside of the right knee.
- Stretch the right arm over your head, parallel with the floor, with the inside of the elbow resting on the ear. Hold for abot 30-60 seconds while breathing gently through the nostrils.
- Slowly return to a standing position and repeat on the other side reversing directions 2-6.
- Parivritta Parshvakona Asana has many benefits. It stretches our muscles on the sides of the upper body and gives them strength and flexibility.
- The Parivritta Parshvakona Asana stretches the muscle group along the side of the torso.
- This posture also strengthens the ankle, calve and thigh muscles.
- Our arms also benefit from this posture.
- This posture is an excellent way to tone the hips and waist muscles.
- This posture also strengthens the digestive system and thus aids digestion, stimulates blood circulation and assists in restoring strength and flexibility to the spine.