Updated for 2021, we are focusing on Parivrtta Parsvakonasana or Revolved Extended Side Angle Pose. Parivrtta Anjaneyasana is a challenging posture for full body balance and stability. Here’s what IYS 200 Hour Graduate Michelle (pictured) had to say about the challenges and benefits of this posture:
“My favorite thing about this pose is it challenges me every time I get into it. Some days my balance is the challenge, while other days it is the tightness in my hips or my core. It hits all of my problem areas and makes me feel great after. It is a pose I can tell the differences in each side of my body and gives me something to work towards.”
Variations for Revolved Extended Side Angle
- Back foot lifted (pictured) or heel down at 45 degrees (like Warrior 1)
- Hand on a block, arms at heart center or arms spread wide
Build into Parivrtta Parsvakonasana
- Seated Wide Leg Fold, Bound Angle
- Sun Salutations
- Revolved Low Lunge, Revolved Triangle
- Standing Poses: Warrior 1, humble warrior, warrior 2, side angle, chair pose, etc.
Step-by-step Instructions for Parivrtta Parsvakonasana
Cool Down from the Pose
- Forward Folds (such as paschimottanasana or uttanasana)
- Backbends (such as camel pose, bridge pose, or bow pose)
Benefits of Revolved Extended Side Angle, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana
- Strengthens and deepens flexibility in the body (especially the legs, core, knees and ankles)
- Nice release for the groin, spine, chest & lungs, shoulders
- Stimulates abdominal organs
- Builds endurance
- Enhances balance in the body and mind
- Helps with digestion and elimination
Revolved Extended Side Angle Online Class Practice
Try this online yoga class from Inspire Yoga Online to practice Revolved Extended Side Angle (Parivrtta Parsvakonasana), Balancing Half Moon and more.
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This article was first published on May 3, 2016 but was updated on June 24, 2021.