[Pose Of the Week] Revolved Seated Angle Pose (Intermediate)

Stretch your sides, back, arms, legs, and more with Revolved Seated Angle Pose – a strong seated yoga twist pose…

Revolved Seated Angle Pose (Parivrtta Upavistha Konasana) – also known as Revolved Seated Side Angle Pose, Revolved Seated Splits Pose, Revolved Seated Straddle Pose, or Revolved Wide Angle Pose – is a seated yoga twist pose that helps to stretch and lengthen the spine, shoulders, and legs. This intermediate-level pose offers a great stretch for the hamstrings, inner thighs, hips, chest, shoulders, obliques, and upper back, while toning the core and stimulating the internal organs. As a twisting pose, this pose is also good for helping to improve digestion and detoxify the body.

To modify the pose, you can rest the lower forearm and elbow on the floor inside the leg and stretch the top arm up and over only. If you find it hard to straighten your knees in this pose, you can also place rolled blankets or small bolsters behind the knees. If your opposite hip lifts up when stretching, flex the foot and press the backs of the knees to the floor. If you feel any strain in your neck, gaze straight ahead rather than upwards.

Those with a slipped disc or hernia or those who have sciatica should avoid this pose.

How to Do Revolved Seated Angle Pose according to YogaClassPlan.com:

  • From a seated posture, open the legs wide apart on the floor.
  • Stretch sideways towards the right leg.
  • Bring the right elbow to the mat, to the inside of the right leg, and grab the toe with index finger and thumb.
  • Lift the left arm up and over the head to clasp the top of the foot.
  • Rotate chest upwards, and turn eye gaze upwards.
  • To exit the pose, release both toe holds and lower the left arm. Lift/press back to an upright seated position.
  • Repeat on the other side.


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