Sanskrit: Parivrtta Parsvakonasana Western Term: Revolved Side Angle
Origin of Word parivrtta = revolved; parsva = side; kona = angle
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Type of Asana: Standing Pose
1. Standing in tadasana (mountain pose). Inhale and jump legs 4-41/2 feet apart and stretch arms sideways. Turn the left foot about 60º angle and the right foot at a 90º angle. Line the front heel with the middle arch of the back foot. Extend the spine up.
2. Turn the left let in and bend the right leg to a right angle, squaring the hips and turning the upper body to face the right leg. Keep the coccyx facing directly back and the middle of the pubis and sternum facing ahead.
3. Exhale to turn and bend the left side of the body toward the right leg. Bend the left arm and place it against the right outer knee with the forearm and hand stretched. Place the right hand on the right hip and tuck the hip in toward the coccyx (in order to keep the coccyx centered). Press the left upper arm agains the thig to bring the left side of the chest to the right. Squeeze the abs up and away from the right thigh. Extend the front of the body revolving the right side of the upper body up and back, opening your chest up towards the ceiling.
4. Stay for 20-30 seconds (roughly 5-7 breaths). Repeat on opposite side.
*Front thigh down
*Back thigh lifting
*Upper body rotating and extending
Emphasized Body Parts: stretches: spine, chest, back, legs, and groin. Strengthens the knees, ankles, and leg muscles. Enhances the body’s stamina, sense of balance, and digestive functioning.
Mental Achievements: Seeking achievement? Revolved side angle connects to the third chakra, which cultivates radiance, strength, and confidence.
To quote a man famous for grabbing his crouch and the moon walk: “My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into strength.” –Michael Jackson, may he rest in peace