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Parivritta Parsvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle Pose)

A look at how to do Parivrita Parsvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle Pose) in the Iyengar method.

What is Parivrita Parsvakonasana?

Revolved side flank stretch. This challenging rotated form of Utthita Parsvakonasana can be entered in different ways. It can be taken classically, from standing—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 Parivrita 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 standings. Revolved standings are not practised during menstruation; at this time, stick to the plain standing poses and take them with some support.

Revolved side flank stretch can be taken in a full standing poses sequence, or when exploring twisting actions in the different classes of poses. This pose can also be used in a sequence where shoulder opening and upper-back flexibility are focal areas.