Revolved Side Angle - Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

How to do Revolved Side Angle - Parivrtta Parsvakonasana
How to do Revolved Side Angle - Parivrtta Parsvakonasana. Ann Pizer

Type of pose: Standing, Twisting

Benefits: Strengthens and stretches legs, groin, hamstrings. Opens the chest and shoulders.

When you see the Sanskrit word parivrrta in front of a pose name, it means this is going to be revolved version of the pose. In a classic extended side angle pose, if the right foot is forward, the right hand is also forward. In a revolved side angle, when the right foot is forward, it's the left hand that goes with it.

This changes the direction of your twist, which is where the revolved part comes in.

There are a number of different ways to place your arms in this pose. The bottom hand can go inside or outside the front foot; the top arm, straight up or over your ear. 

Instructions:

1. From downward facing dog, bring your left foot forward to the inside your left hand. Your toes should be in line with your fingers.

2. Bend your left knee so that your calf and thigh make a right angle with your thigh parallel to the floor.

3. Pivot on the ball of your right foot to drop your right heel down to the floor.

4. Flatten the right hand to the floor under your right shoulder.

5. Draw your bellybutton toward your spine as you twist your torso toward your left knee, opening the chest and stacking the right shoulder on top of the left.

6. Lift your left arm up toward the ceiling. Bring your gaze up to the left hand.

7. Stay in the twist for three to five breaths.

Step back to downward dog and then do the pose with the right foot forward.

Beginners Tips: 

1. If the right hand doesn't comfortably reach the floor, take a block under it so that you can still benefit from the twist. You can also stay on your finger tips instead of bringing your right hand flat.

2. Another variation is to stay on the ball on of your right foot instead of dropping your right heel.

This makes the legs more like a lunge and is easier on the back knee.

Advanced Tips:

1. Bring the right hand to the outside of the left foot instead of the inside. Your right shoulder will have to come to the outside of your left knee. This will intensify the twist and challenge your balance. It's ok to use a block under your hand here or stay up on your fingertips if you need to.

2. Release your left arm over your left ear so that it reaches toward the front of the room. Turn your thumb toward the ceiling and your pinky toward the floor. Your gaze comes up under the left biceps. This is the variation shown here.

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