Revolved Goddess Pose - Parivrtta Utkata Konasana

Revolved Goddess Pose - YanvaYoga


Revolved Goddess Pose or Parivrtta Utkata Konasana is a standing posture which is a twisted variation of goddess pose. This posture combines the lower body strengthening benefits of goddess pose with the abdominal stimulation of a twist and additional opening and release of tension from the upper body. It requires both strength and flexibility to keep the body stable while the torso twists.
From goddess pose, the hands are brought onto the thighs with the fingers pointed inward. The left shoulder is brought toward the midline, and the right toward the ceiling, rotating the torso. The shoulder blades should remain drawn together as the gaze is taken over the right shoulder. The posture can be held for around five breaths before being repeated on the opposite side.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1
From standing, point your toes out at 45°, bend your knees and squat down, until your knees come out over your toes.
Step 2
To come deeper into the squat, rotate your inner thighs outwards.
Step 3
Place the hands on your knees and keep your spine long, draw your tailbone down. On an exhale, twist the torso to the right, bringing the right shoulder back and left shoulder forward. Keep your gaze over the shoulder. Stay here for 2-3 deep breaths.
Step 4
To exit, bring your ganz back to center, followed by your shoulders. Then twist to the left, and repeat on the left side.
Step 5
Repeat 3 times on each side for maximum benefits of the pose.

Benefits and Contraindications


Fills with energy

Opens your hips and strengthens your psoas muscles

Stimulates digestive system

Enhances the functioning of organs in the thorax and improves respiration


Spinal issues

Hip, ankle and knee injuries

Shoulder problems


Recent abdominal surgery

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Modifications, Props and Tips

  • Use blocks under the feet: Placing yoga blocks under the feet can help beginners maintain balance and stability in the pose. This can also reduce strain on the knees.
  • Use a blanket or cushion: Placing a folded blanket or cushion under the hips can make it more comfortable for beginners to sit in the pose. This can also help to reduce strain on the lower back.
  • Use a strap: A yoga strap can be used to help beginners deepen the twist and create more space in the torso. They can wrap the strap around their waist and gently pull to help with the twist.
  • Narrow the stance: Beginners can bring their feet closer together to make it easier to maintain balance and stability in the pose. This can also reduce strain on the knees.
  • Practice against a wall: Practicing this pose with the back against a wall can help beginners maintain proper alignment and keep the spine straight as they twist.
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Iana Varshavska
Iana Varshavska
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In love with yoga and everything that goes along with it. Iana is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) who has completed the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification by the Yoga Alliance U.S. In addition to that, she is constantly studying and improving her skills in various aspects of yoga philosophy, yoga anatomy, biomechanics, and holodynamics.