Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle Pose or Revolved Eight Point Crescent Moon Pose) is a variation of Parivrtta Parsvakonasana Namaste Hands, where one hand rests on the floor and the other extends upwards with a shoulder rotation and twist. This variation forms part of the Ashtanga Primary Series, and is also practiced to improve the flexibility of the arms and shoulders, core muscles, and hip stability.
Parivrtta Parsvakonasana is a deep twisting posture that requires balance, and which helps stimulate the visceral organs in the chest and abdominal area. In this twist, the muscles of the spine improve in strength and flexibility, and there is a supply of fresh blood to the internal organs right after being released from the posture. Acting as an asymmetrical pose, through practice it encourages to bring balance and stability with both sides of the body.
Parivrtta Parsvakonasana is considered a base pose as parivrtta parsvakonasana variations can be derived from this pose. Parivrtta Parsvakonasana helps boost energy in the body and hence can be included in flow yoga sequences.
Benefits and Contraindications
Strengthens and stretches the legs, knees, and ankles
Stretches the groins, spine, chest and lungs, and shoulders
Stimulates abdominal organs
Improves digestion and aids elimination
High or low blood pressure
If you have any neck problems, don’t turn your head to look at the top arm; instead look straight ahead with the sides of the neck lengthened evenly, or look down at the floor.
Photo poses in different angles
To get the most from this pose, avoid these errors.
If needed, keep your neck in a neutral position so you don’t strain your cervical spine. Look forward, not up if you have neck sensitivity.
In this pose, your spine is twisted but not curved. You should have a straight line and a neutral spine. You want to avoid rounding the back or curving it forward. Allow the twist to come from the waist as if the heart could rotate towards the sky.
Knee Not Over Ankle
To protect your knee, it must be kept over the ankle.
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