ZOOM ON REVOLVED SIDE ANGLE POSE
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Revolved Side Angle pose, also named Parivrtta Parsvakonasana in Sanskrit, is an intense twist. It challenges your flexibility, strength, sense of balance, and presence of mind. It's an advanced yoga pose but there are lots of variations and modifications that can be made to accommodate all bodies so keep reading!
How to Revolved Side Angle pose
Start in Warrior I Pose with your right foot forward. Square your hips toward the front of your mat.
Inhale, join your palms together and bring your hands against your chest while elongating your spine up toward the ceiling.
Exhale, twist your torso to the right and lean forward to bring your left elbow to the outside of your right knee.
Open your arms and draw your left hand to the floor outside of your right foot while your left arm is reaching over your right ear, with your palm facing the floor.
Extend from the outside of your right heel through your right fingertips and revolve your ribcage up towards the ceiling. If your neck allows it, you can look up from underneath your right armpit to the ceiling.
Breathe deeply, lengthening your spine as you inhale and twisting a little more as you exhale.
Keep your extended leg straight and strong, while pressing firmly through the outer edge of your left foot.
· Hold for 5–10 breaths.
· To come out of this pose, press actively into your feet, and on an inhalation strongly extend through your right arm as you come back up to straight.
. Reverse your feet and do for the same pose on the other side.
REVOLVED SIDE ANGLE POSE BENEFITS
✨ Strengthens core, legs, knees, ankles and feet.
✨ Stretches thighs, knees, ankles, calves, groins, psoas muscles, chest, neck and shoulders.
✨ Improves balance.
✨ Helps to develop stamina and full-body coordination.
✨ Increases energy and confidence.
✨Relieves stiffness in the shoulders
5 MISTAKES TO AVOID IN REVOLVED SIDE ANGLE POSE
➡️ Crunch the side waist as you bend
➡️ Over bend your front knee take your front knee past the ankle OR collapse your front knee inwards
➡️ Rounding your back or curve it forward and turn your top shoulder towards the floor
➡️ Bear too much weight on your front arm
➡️ Lifting your back heel off the ground
REVOLVED SIDE ANGLE POSE MODIFICATIONS
If Revolved Side Angle Pose is too hard for you to perform safely, try these 5 variations to realize on your mat instead:
1/ If you can't find the strength or balance to get into this pose, start with your back knee on the floor, hold it there, and keep your hands on your chest.
2/ If you cannot twist your torso and find the balance in this pose, place a block on the inside of your bent, right knee and, as you twist, place your left hand on the block. Your right hand can rest on your hip. You can also do the same by placing the block on the outside of your front foot to go further.
3/ If you crunch the side waist as you twist and bend, rest your forearm on your front thigh or use a block to keep your side waist long.
4/ If you have trouble keeping your balance because you can't flatten your back foot on the ground, support your back heel by standing on a block or leaning it against a wall.
5/ If it hurts your neck to gaze upward, turn your gaze to the floor, instead.
ARE YOU READY TO CHALLENGE YOURSELF IN REVOLVED SIDE ANGLE POSE?
From your Revolved Side Angle Pose, try to go into Bound Revolved Side Angle Pose (Baddha Parivrtta Parsvakonasana) by taking a bind with your hands behind your back and front leg.
Now it's your turn and let me know in the comments section below how it was for you!
8 poses to improve your REVOLVED SIDE ANGLE pose
Below I have selected a few asanas that can help you develop the flexibility and strength needed to perform Revolved Side Angle pose:
◼️Top left corner: Revolved Chair Pose - Parivrtta Utkatasana
◼️Top center: Revolved Triangle Pose - Parivrtta Trikonasana
◼️Top right corner: Easy Revolved Side Angle Pose - Saral Parivrtta Parsvakonasana
◼️Center-right: Bound Revolved Garland Pose - Baddha Parivrtta Malasana
◼️Lower right corner: Revolved Standing Forward Fold Pose Variation Knee Bent - Parivrtta Uttanasana
◼️Lower center: Cow face pose – Gomukhasana
◼️Lower left corner: Revolved Standing Forward Fold Pose Variation Knee Bent - Parivrtta Uttanasana
◼️Center-left: Twisted Toe Squat Pose - Parivrtta Prapadasana
◼️Center: Revolved Side Angle Pose - Parivrtta Parsvakonasana
➡️ You can stay in each of these poses for 10 breaths before moving on to the next. And don't forget to repeat on the other leg if applies.
➡️ You can use blocks, books, blanket or any kind of supports to help you in each of these poses.
➡️ This asana requires strength and flexibility to perform. Be patient, gentle in your movements and listen to your body.
Come on your mat, enjoy this mini sequence and share your practice.
And if you have a bit of time, let me know in the comments section below how this practice was for you, I cannot wait to know and to read you!