Yoga Pose: Bound Revolved Side Angle (Parivṛtta Baddha Pārśvakoṇāsana)

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  • Bound Revolved Side Angle

  • Parivṛtta Baddha Pārśvakoṇāsana

  • parivṛtta = revolved
  • baddha = bound
  • pārśva = side
  • koṇa = angle
  • āsana = posture
  • Category:
    Standing / Twist
  • Difficulty:
    Expert
  • Description:

    From Warrior II (Vīrabhadrāsana II), bend the front knee and spin to the ball of the back foot as the torso lowers down onto the thigh, opening the heart center to the sky and lowering the bottom hand to the inside of the thigh with the palm planted firmly. At the same time, reach the top arm and hand up and overhead extending in a straight line towards the front. To take the bind then wrap the top arm around and under the backside of the torso and grasp the bottom hand at the wrist if possible. Minimize lateral flexion of the spine while rotating the torso open. Press the elbow and the shoulder against the bent knee in an isometric contraction to keep the knee aligned and leverage the rotation of the torso. The gaze is to upper fingertips and the neck is relaxed. As all twists lengthen and soften the belly, extend the spine with each inhalation, and increase the twist as you exhale.

  • Benefits:

    Strengthens and stretches the legs, the knees, and the ankles. Stretches the groins, the spine, the chest, the lungs, and the shoulders. Stimulates abdominal organs. Increases stamina. Improves digestion and aids elimination. Improves balance.