Revolved Pigeon Pose or Parivrtta Kapotasana (par-iv-rit-tah cop-oh-TAH-sah-nah) is an intermediate hip-opener with a twist, creating an even deeper stretch of the hips and pelvis than the standard version of kapotasana. From Sanskrit, parivrtta means “revolved” or “twisted”; kapota means “pigeon”; and asana means “posture” or “pose.”
From kapotasana, the forearm that is opposite of the forward leg is placed on the mat in front of the shin. The body then twists away from the grounded arm, and the upper arm reaches around the back, resting on the waist or hip or grasping the big toe of the forward leg.
In addition to its physical benefits, parivrtta kapotasana is believed to activate and balance several of the chakras. As a twisting pose, it opens the manipura (navel center) chakra, which is associated with transforming power, self-esteem, motivation and confidence. The manipura also helps control anger and gives a sense of purpose.
Benefits and Contraindications
Improves overall flexibility and balance
Stimulates the digestive organs
Stretches the hips, thighs, and groin
Releases tension in the lower back and spine
Chronic or acute back pain
High or low blood pressure
Knee or ankle injury
Photo poses in different angles
Frequently Asked Questions
Revolved Pigeon Pose can be a challenging pose, especially for those with tight hips or lower back pain. It may not be suitable for everyone, and modifications or variations may be necessary to make the pose more accessible or avoid injury. It’s always best to consult with a qualified yoga teacher or healthcare provider before attempting any new pose.
Common mistakes to avoid in Revolved Pigeon Pose include rounding the spine, collapsing into the shoulders, or putting too much pressure on the knee. It’s important to maintain proper alignment, engage the core, and use props or modifications as necessary to avoid discomfort or injury.
The length of time you hold Revolved Pigeon Pose may vary depending on your level of experience and comfort in the pose. It’s generally recommended to hold the pose for 5-10 breaths on each side, or for a duration of 30-60 seconds.
Revolved Pigeon Pose may not be suitable for pregnant women, especially in the later stages of pregnancy. It’s always best to consult with a qualified yoga teacher or healthcare provider before attempting any new pose during pregnancy. Modifications or alternative poses may be recommended to ensure the safety of both the mother and baby.
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