Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle Pose)

English Name(s)
Parivrtta Parsvakonasana
Revolved Side Angle Pose
Sanskrit
Parivtta Parśvakon.āsana
Pronunciation
par-ee-VRIT-tah PARSH-vah-cone-ah-suh-nuh
Meaning
parivrtta: “revolved” parsva: “side”
kona: “angle” āsana: “posture”

Physical Benefits

Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (par-ee-VRIT-tah PARSH-vah-cone-ah-suh-nuh) is a more intensified version of Parsvakonasana– hamstrings are stretched more and become more flexible. The pose tones the thighs, calves and ankles and it rejuvenates the entire spine, making the back muscles stronger and suppler.

Energetic Benefits

This pose increases concentration and balance. It is also a deep twisting pose, which on the energetic level works to help us unknot ourselves from life’s daily twists and turns. The deep twisting helps release toxins in our body.

Contraindications

Those with high blood pressure should not lift their arms up and should keep their palms on their hips. Those suffering from any disc-related conditions should keep the front body open and extended and keep the back leg slightly bent or on the floor to reduce the depth of the twist. Ladies who are menstruating or pregnant should refrain from this pose.

Going into the Pose

Meera Watts
Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur, and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, Yoganonymous, OMtimes, and others. She’s also the founder and owner of Siddhi Yoga International, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential trainings in India (Rishikesh, Goa, and Dharamshala), Indonesia (Bali), and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur).

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