Parivrtta Parsvakonasana – Revolved Side Angle Pose is one of my favorite poses. I like it for the good effects it has on my digestion and I like it because it’s an easy entry for an arm balance and as you know I’m crazy about arm balances.
It’s a good basic pose to start with an an easy one to adjust, so you always get most benefits out of it. If you like to do it because your digestion is slow or upset, try out my digestion series. The pose is in there.
Getting into Parivrtta Parsvakonasana – Revolved Side Angle Pose
- Start in Tadasana – mountain pose
- Step into a wide legged stand and open your arms to the side, shoulder height. Your feet should be more or less underneath your wrists
- Turn your right foot 90 degrees outwards en your left foot 60 degrees inwards. If this is too hard you can be on the ball of your left foot.
- Bend your right leg and bring your knee above your ankle. Your right thigh should be parallel to the floor. Keep your left leg straight.
- Bring your hands together in prayer pose
- Place your left elbow on your right thigh and your folded hands in front of your sternum (option one). If it’s hard to keep your balance you can sink your left knee to the floor
- If your able bring your left hand to the floor on the outside of your right knee (option 2). Use a block if you need to. Your left armpit should rest on your right knee
- Twist as far as you can to the right. Straighten your right hand towards the sky.
- Stay in the pose for 30 seconds up until a minute. Slowly come out of it and change sides
Benefits of Parivrtta Parsvakonasana – Revolved Side Angle Pose
- Improves digestion
- Sends extra blood to the digestive organs and spine
- Removes toxins from the colon
- Strengthens and stretches the legs, knees, and ankles
- Stretches the groins, spine, chest and lungs, and shoulders
- Improves balance
Source: Iyengar – Light on Yoga / Key muscles of Yoga – Ray Long / Ashtanga – David Swenson / Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha – Swami Satyananda Saraswati