Revolved Extended Angle Yoga Pose

Revolved Extended Angle Yoga Pose

Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Another cleansing twist, this Yoga Pose revitalizes the internal organs, stokes the digestive fire, and improves digestion and elimination. Like all standing Yoga Poses, it also strengthens and tones the legs.

QUALITY Grounding, energizing EFFECT Cleansing, heat, strength PROPS Block GAZE To the ground for balance, or up to the sky

1 Begin in Mountain Yoga Pose Pose at the top of your mat. Inhale your arms up and exhale over your le into a Standing Forward Bend Pose. As you inhale, reach your left leg back behind you into a Low Lunge Pose. Exhale as you bring your left knee to the ground, and inhale as you raise your arms up on either side of your head into a modified High Lunge Pose.

2 Stack the joints by making sure your right knee is in line with your right ankle. This is important fo stability. Place your left knee under your left hip.

3 Bring your hands together at your heart as if in prayer and begin to twist from the navel, hooking your left elbow to the outside of your right knee. Draw your right shoulder back to open your chest, and draw your thumbs to the center of your chest.

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4 You can keep your left knee on the ground for balance, or tuck your toes under and lift your knee o: the ground, drawing the right hip back. You can stay with your hands in prayer or open your arms wide with your left hand toward the ground and your right arm opening up toward the sky.

5 Take your gaze up and stay for 5 breaths. The inhale will be a bit constrained because of the twist, but you can release a bit to breathe in. Deepen the rotation with each exhale.

6 Release your hands down to frame your right foot and step your left foot up into a Standing Forwai Bend. To switch sides, lunge back with the right leg.

7 When you’ve practiced on both sides, end in Mountain Yoga Pose.

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