Parivrtta Parsvsakonasana – Inverted Standing Side Stretch

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Parivrtta  means “rotated” or “inverted” and  parvakona  means “side angle”. Parivrtta parsvakonasana requires considerable flexibility as the trunk must rotate 180 degrees from its starting position. If balance is difficult, practice wall stance.

Technique

  1. Standing in Tadasana . Jump or take a side step to separate your feet one meter. Breathe in and raise your arms to shoulder height with your palms facing down.
  2. Turn your left foot 90 degrees, and your right foot about 60 degrees, to the left. Bend your knee to a 90 degree angle. Rest your feet firmly against the ground. Turn your head, torso, and hips to face your left leg. The arms are also rotated 901 degrees to the left. The trunk should be straight.
  3. Exhale and twist your body further, lowering your right arm behind your left leg. The left arm is raised at an angle. The right leg is straight with the heel supported. Lower your thigh. Hold 20-30 seconds. Breathe normally. Rest a few seconds before repeating to the right.

Weather

50 seconds – 1 minute on each side.

Benefits

  • Regulates the digestive system.
  • Strengthen your ankles and legs.
  • Relieves constipation
  • Improves balance.
  • Increase stamina.
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs.

Contraindications

Do not perform this asana if you have the following injuries or ailments;

  • High or low blood pressure
  • Headache
  • Insomnia

Warning

The abdominal compression is intense. Do not hold the posture if you feel discomfort in your abdomen.

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