Parivrtta Parsvakonasana - Revolved Side Angle Pose

Revolved Side Angle Pose
(par-ee-vrt-tah parsh-vah-cone-AHS-anna) parivrtta = to turn around, revolve
parsva = side, flank 
kona = angle

The Revolved Side Angle Pose, also known as the Parivrtta Parsvakonasana, is an intermediate pose that is best performed by those who have some practice of yoga already. This is because this is a slightly difficult pose, especially for those who are new to yoga.There are a few slight variations to the pose due to its degree of difficulty and most students learn the variations instead of the actual pose.This pose can be performed to prepare for both seated and standing poses. You can use the pose for improving the healthy functioning of your body as well as improving strength and flexibility.

Steps :
1. Take in a deep breath and stand straight, with both your arms straight by your side. Exhale deeply, and bring your feet about 4 feet apart.
2. Bring your arms to your waist and rest the hands on the sides of your hips. Turn both your right foot and left foot outwards and keep your heels aligned.
3. Firm up your thighs and keep the right ankle aligned with the center of your kneecap.
4. Bring your right thigh parallel to the inner part of your right foot and press it upwards towards the ceiling. 5. Extend the left heel slowly while pushing your tailbone towards your pubis.
6. Lean your torso downwards while turning further towards the right. Exhale and place your left hand on the floor, right next to your right foot. Push your thighbone towards the floor and lean your torso towards the back.
7. Turn your head towards the right and fix your gaze on the right arm. Soften your abdomen and extend your spine. Inhale deeply and start twisting your torso. Now exhale and continue to twist.
8. Stay in the pose for about 30 seconds and then inhale deeply. Now exhale and release the twist. Twist again on the opposite feet and return to the starting position.

Precautions :
> Since this is a twisting pose, it is not recommended for anyone who has neck problems or problems in the lower back area.
> Avoid performing the pose if you have a headache or suffer from high or low blood pressure problems.
> For those with neck problems, it is recommended that you avoid turning your head too much as one of the revolved side angle pose precautions.

Beginner's Tip :
Beginners may find it difficult to maintain their balance when they are twisting. Therefore, it is best to keep the back of the heel lifted instead of planted to the floor. A beginner's tip for the Revolved Side Angle Pose would be to use a yoga block or a prop to support your heel.

Benefit To Body Part :
There are several parts of your body that may be benefited by this pose, but the main effect of this pose is experienced by the following body parts.
> Groin
> Legs
> Chest
> Ankles
> Shoulders
> Torso
> Lungs
> Waist
> Spine

Among the pose's benefits to the body parts is that it helps strengthen and tone the muscles in these regions, while internally massaging the organs. It also helps improve blood circulation.

Therapeutic Applications :
> This pose is considered excellent for those who are suffering from infertility.
> This is also ideal for those suffering from constant back aches, especially in the lower part of the back.
> The pose may also be beneficial for those suffering from sciatica, osteoporosis and constipation.

Variations :
One of the classic variations for Revolved Side Angle Pose is to perform it with Anjali Mudra. While the basic steps of the pose remain the same, and the postures will also remain the same, the only difference is that you can bring your palms together near your sternum in the Anjali Mudra. This improves your respiration and also increases the intensity of the twist felt in your upper back area.

Preparatory Poses :
> Revolved Triangle Pose (Parivrtta Trikonasana)
> Bound Angle Pose(Baddha Konasana)
> Open Angle Pose (Upavistha Konasana)
> Hero Pose (Virasana)
> Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana)


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