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Parivritta Parsvakonasana
(Revolved Side Angle Pose)

How to perform Revolved Side Angle Pose

Place your right hand on the inside of your left foot as you stretch your left arm up and over your head. If the twist is too intense, use a block for your right hand or keep your left hand on your hip. Repeat on both sides.

What is Parivritta Parsvakonasana?

This challenging rotated form of Utthita Parsvakonasana can be approached in several different ways. It can be taken classically, from the standing position—or it can be entered from a kneeling position where the back knee is kept on the floor while the front shoulder is taken across the front bent leg.

When to use Parivritta Parsvakonasana?

The revolved standing poses are generally learnt after the basic lateral standing poses have become familiar. In practice, too, it is usual to include some straightforward standing asana before moving on to the revolved standing poses. Revolved standing poses are not practiced during menstruation; at this time, stick to the plain standing poses and practice them with some support.

Parivritta Parsvakonasana can be used in a full standing poses sequence, or when exploring twisting actions during miscellaneous classes. This pose can also be used in a sequence where shoulder opening and upper-back flexibility are focus areas.

Video sequences that include this pose