Parivrtta Parsvakonasana : The Turned Side Angle Pose

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."
Steps:
  1. 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).
  2. Stretch your arms straight out from the shoulders parallel to the floor with your palms facing down.
  3. Exhale slowly and turn your right foot toward the right 90 degrees. Bend your right knee about 90 degrees.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Slowly return to a standing position and repeat on the other side reversing directions 2-6.
Benefits:
  • 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.
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