Revolved Side Angle Pose offers a great stretch and release while traveling, improves balance, and may aid digestion. Here’s how to do it…
Revolved Side Angle Pose (Parivrtta Parsvakonasana) – also called Twisting Side Angle, Rotated Side Angle, or Side Angle Twist – is a twisted or rotated version of Extended Side Angle Pose. This version, as with other yoga twists, has extra benefits for the body’s digestion and detoxification systems. It also provides a great stretch for the legs, hips, groin, and hamstrings, challenges your balance, and opens up the chest and shoulders. This pose may also help to reduce back pain and relieve stress, so it’s a great pose to practice often during the busy holiday travel season! This standing pose can be done anywhere, which makes it especially handy while traveling.
To modify the pose, you can rest your hand on a block or stay up on your fingertips. You can also remain up on the ball of your back foot rather than dropping the heel, making the pose more like a lunge and easier on the knees.
Avoid this pose if you have an injury to the neck, back, or shoulders, or if you currently have diarrhea. Use caution and consult a doctor before performing the pose if you have high or low blood pressure, are pregnant, or have a recent or chronic hip or knee injury.
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How to Do Revolved Side Angle Pose:
- From Downward Facing Dog, bring your left foot forward to the inside your left hand. Your toes should be in line with your fingers.
- Bend your left knee so that your calf and thigh make a right angle with your thigh parallel to the floor.
- Pivot on the ball of your right foot to drop your right heel down to the floor.
- Flatten the right hand to the floor under your right shoulder.
- Draw your belly button toward your spine as you twist your torso toward your left knee, opening the chest and stacking the right shoulder on top of the left.
- Lift your left arm up toward the ceiling. Bring your gaze up to the left hand.
- Stay in the twist for three to five breaths. Step back to downward dog and then do the pose with the right foot forward.
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