Revolved Side Angle Pose is a standing posture coupled with a deep spinal twist. It is one of the most challenging standing asanas. Mastering Parivrtta Parsvakonasana demands a great deal of flexibility, balance and strong core. Practicing this yoga asana builds stamina, strengthen the whole body, rejuvenate and detoxify internal organs, supply fresh blood to them.
The name Parivrtta Parsvakonasana is derived from four Sanskrit words and its English name is inspired by the meaning of these four words mentioned below:
Parivrtta = Revolved
Parsva = Side
Kona = Angle
Asana = Posture
How to practice Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle Pose)
Parivrtta Parsvakonasana is recommended to be practiced by intermediate yoga practitioners. Beginners should avoid practicing it or look for more simpler variation of this pose.
Standing Position: Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
- Take a deep breath and distance your legs 4-5 feet apart.Raise your arms in line with your shoulders keeping them parallel to the floor, palms facing down.
- As you exhale, turn the right foot outwards 90 degrees to the right.Slightly turn the left foot inwards 60 degrees to the right. The right heel must be in line with the left heel.
- Bend the right knee till you form a 90 degree angle between thigh and calf.Your thigh must be parallel to the floor and the right knee aligned right over the heel.The calf should be perpendicular to the floor.
- Keep left leg stretched out and tightened at the knee throughout the practice.
- Exhale and turn the torso towards your right thigh and bring the left arm to the outside of your bent knee.
- Place your left palm on the floor.Ideally, the outer side of the right knee is covered and touched by the outside of left armpit.
- Stretch out the right arm over the right ear with the palm facing down. Turn the head in the upward direction and look straight.
- Hold the final position for a few seconds and then release the pose.
- To return, lift the palm off the floor, release the twist, straighten the leg and come back in starting position.
Practicing once with each side for a few seconds is enough for beginners. As you begin to gain more strength and flexibility, extend duration and repetitions.
Precautions for Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle Pose)
Checking the alignment of your body while you practice (unless there is a mirror) is a bit difficult. Sometimes the misalignment could be very minor or hard to notice but is capable of causing an injury or sprain.That’s why it is always recommended to begin the practice in the presence of a yoga instructor. Once you have learned, it is quite safe to continue the practice by yourself at home.
- Keep the neck in a neutral position if you are new to this pose else you are likely to experience a lot of stress in neck muscles.
- Don’t put the weight completely on your legs and arm, rather try to stretch your body, distributing your weight evenly throughout the body.
- Avoid practicing this asana in case of severe pain in the neck, back or shoulders.
- The practice of Extended Side Angle should be avoided in case you suffer from: frequent headaches, high or low blood pressure, migraine, insomnia, joint pain, cervical spondylitis or heart problem.
Benefits of Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle Pose)
- Contracts abdominal organs, therefore, aids digestion.
- Directs the blood flow in the abdominal and spinal region.
- Stretches and strengthens the knees, ankles and thighs.
- Gives a good stretch to lungs, groin, spine, shoulder and abdomen.
- Useful in removing excess fat around the waist and hips.
- Beneficial for people who suffer from sciatica pain.
- Prevents osteoporosis and relieves lower back pain.
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