Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle Pose) and modifications explained
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How to practice: Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle Pose)

By: Delight Yoga

Six simple Fundamental Asanas (postures) build the foundation of an Astanga Vinyasa Yoga practice. They are often called “standing positions” because they are composed of six relatively easy standing asanas. Parśvakoṇāsana is the fourth of these fundamental postures.

The six fundamental postures are right at the beginning of every Astanga Yoga practice. No matter how advanced you are, after five rounds of Surya Namaskara A and B, you start with these postures. Here, you carry the rhythm you have set up in Surya Namaskara A & B in a flow from asana to asana. With this solid basis, you are perfectly prepared to enter whichever series you are practising.

Parivṛtta Parsvakonasana, or 'Revolved Side Angle Pose', is sequenced after Utthita Parsvakonasana and is a deep spinal twist.

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Parivrtta Parsvakonasana Instructions

  1. ekam
    Inhale, stepping back with the right foot, extend arms to side.
    Dhristi: to the tip of the hand (hastagre)

  2. dve
    Exhale, place left hand on outside edge of right foot
    Dhristi: to the tip of the foot​ (padayoragre)

    5 breaths, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (right side)
    Dhristi: to the tip of the hand (hastagre)

  3. trini
    Inhale, square up, turn, extend arms to side
    Dhristi: to the tip of the hand (hastagre)

  4. catvari
    Exhale, place right hand on outside edge of left foot
    Dhristi: to the tip of the foot (padayoragre)

    5 breaths, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (left side)
    Dhristi: to the tip of the hand (hastagre)

  5. panca
    Inhale, square off to side (turn)
    Dhristi: to the nose (nasagre)

    Exhale, stepping to the front of the mat, Samasthitih
    Dhristi: to the nose (nasagre)

Parivrtta Parsvakonasana Benefits

  • Strengthens and stretches the legs, knees and ankles

  • Stretches the groins, spine, chest and lungs and shoulders

  • Stimulates abdominal organs

  • Increases stamina

  • Improves digestion and aids elimination

  • Helps to remove waste matter from the colon without strain

  • Improves balance

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