Twist Half Chair Pose - Parivrtta Ardha Utkatasana Twist Half Chair Pose

Twist Half Chair Pose (Parivrtta Ardha Utkatasana)


Twist Half Chair Pose, also known as Parivrtta Ardha Utkatasana, is a pose that challenges your balance, strength, and flexibility. This asana requires a stable foundation and a deep connection to your core as you balance on one leg while twisting your torso.

The name of this pose originates from Sanskrit. “Parivrtta” translates to “revolved” or “twisted,” “ardha” means “half,” “utkata” denotes “difficult,” “fierce,” or “intense,” and “asana” refers to “posture” or “pose.”

In addition to the physical benefits, which include a powerful stretch along the spine, Parivrtta Ardha Utkatasana is believed to be invigorating and effective in reducing stress and anxiety. As a revolved posture, it is also thought to stimulate the manipura (navel or solar plexus) chakra, which is associated with confidence, self-esteem, and transformative energy.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1
Commence by standing in Tadasana (Mountain Pose), positioning yourself at the top of your mat. Keep your feet hip-width apart and your arms relaxed at your sides.
Step 2
As you inhale, raise your arms overhead, extending your fingertips upward.
Step 3
While exhaling, bend your knees and assume Utkatasana (Chair Pose). Ensure that your knees align with your toes and distribute your weight towards your heels.
Step 4
Transfer your weight to your left foot and lift your right foot off the ground. Place your right ankle on your left thigh, just above the knee.
Step 5
Inhale deeply, elongating your spine and reaching upward through the crown of your head.
Step 6
Exhale and twist your torso to the right, allowing your left elbow to connect with the outside of your right knee. Join your palms together in a prayer position.
Step 7
Maintain the pose for a few breaths, focusing on your balance and gradually deepening the twist with each exhalation.
Step 8
To release the pose, inhale and unwind your torso, returning to Utkatasana while keeping your right foot lifted.
Step 9
Exhale and gently lower your right foot back to the ground, returning to Tadasana.
Step 10
Repeat the sequence on the opposite side, placing your left ankle on your right thigh and twisting to the left.

Benefits and Contraindications


Massages the internal organs, especially the digestive organs

Strengthens and stretches the legs, hips, and spine

Enhances digestion and detoxification

Improves balance and coordination

Stimulates the nervous system

Boosts energy and reduces fatigue

Increases mental focus and concentration


Spinal injuries or conditions that limit spinal mobility or twist

Knee, ankle, or hip injuries

Pregnancy, especially during the second and third trimesters

High or low blood pressure

Migraine or headaches

Vertigo or dizziness

Modifications and Props for Beginners

  • Place your lifted foot on your calf instead of your thigh to make the pose easier.
  • Use a wall for support: Stand with your back against a wall and come into Utkatasana with your feet hip-width apart. Lift one foot off the ground and place it on your opposite thigh. Place your hands on the wall for support as you twist.
  • Use a chair: Stand behind a chair and come into Utkatasana with your feet hip-width apart. Lift one foot off the ground and place it on your opposite thigh. Place your hands on the back of the chair for support as you twist.

Useful Tips

  • Keep your weight in your heels as you come into Utkatasana and lift your foot off the ground.
  • Engage your core and lengthen your spine to maintain your balance and avoid rounding your back.
  • Twist from your waist and chest, not just your shoulders, to deepen the twist.
  • Breathe deeply and evenly, using your breath to help you stay focused and calm.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the common mistakes to avoid in Parivrtta Ardha Utkatasana?

Common mistakes to avoid in Parivrtta Ardha Utkatasana include collapsing the chest, rounding the shoulders, and losing the connection between the lower body and the twist. It is important to keep your chest lifted and shoulders relaxed, while also engaging your core muscles to maintain stability.

Can beginners practice Parivrtta Ardha Utkatasana?

Yes, beginners can practice Parivrtta Ardha Utkatasana, but it is important to start with the preparatory poses and to listen to your body. It is recommended to work with a qualified yoga instructor to learn the proper alignment and modifications.

Is Parivrtta Ardha Utkatasana safe for everyone?

No, Parivrtta Ardha Utkatasana may not be safe for everyone. If you have a back or knee injury, or if you are pregnant, you should consult with a qualified yoga teacher before attempting this pose.

How long should I hold Parivrtta Ardha Utkatasana?

You can hold Parivrtta Ardha Utkatasana for 5-10 breaths on each side. It is important to listen to your body and not push yourself too far beyond your limits.

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