How to practice: Parivṛtta Parśvakoṇāsana (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 Parśvakoṇāsana, or 'Revolved Side Angle Pose', is sequenced after Utthita Parśvakoṇāsana and is a deep spinal twist.

Parivṛtta Parśvakoṇāsana Instructions

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

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

- 5 breaths, Parivṛtta Trikoṇāsana (right side)
  Dhristi: to the tip of the hand (hastāgre)

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

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

- 5 breaths, Parivṛtta Trikoṇāsana (left side)
  Dhristi: to the tip of the hand (hastāgre)

5. pañca
Inhale, square off to side (turn)
Dhristi: to the nose (nāsāgre)

- Exhale, stepping to the front of the mat, Samasthitiḥ
  Dhristi: to the nose (nāsāgre)
 

Parivṛtta Parśvakoṇāsana 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