Revolved Seated Angle Pose
Parivrtta Upavistha Konasana
Parivrtta Upavistha Konasana is an advanced level yoga asana performed in the seated position. The name is derived from the Sanskrit words ‘Parivrtta’ means, revolved 'Upavistha' meaning open, 'kona' meaning angle and 'asana' meaning posture respectively.The Revolved Seated Angle Pose is a great way to Keep the body light by reducing stiffness in the hips, lower back, upper back, shoulders, knees, and arms. This posture activates Solar Plexus (Manipura Chakra).
Steps to do Revolved Seated Angle Pose / Parivrtta Upavistha Konasana
- Sit in dandasana.
- Open the legs wide apart. Stretch sideways towards the right leg.
- Bring the right elbow to the mat, to inside of the right leg and grab the toe with index and thumb.
- Lift the left arm up and over the head to clasp top of foot. Rotate chest upwards, eye gaze upwards.
- To exit the pose, release both toe holds and lower the left arm.
- Lift/press back to upright seated position.
- Repeat the other side.
Tips for beginners
- If you are a beginner and not able to attain final posture, you can use support of chair, bolster and yoga straps.
- While bending side wards, stretch how much ever you can, and rest your hands on chair.
- Slowly when you are comfortable, bend furthermore and now take the help of bolster and rest your side of the body on bolster.
- After that use yoga straps and try to attain final posture once you are comfortable.
- Stretches hamstrings, inner thighs and hip joints
- Opens chest, shoulder and upper back
- Tones and massages abdomen and internal organs
- Strengthens and stretches upper back, oblique and flank muscles
Watch out for
- This asana should be avoided if people have Slipped disc, Hernia, Sciatica.
- This asana should be avoided in pregnancy.
- Parivrtta Upavistha Konasana itself is a variation ofUpavistha Konasana.
- However preparatory poses for this advanced posture includes Badha konasana, Supta Padangusthasana, Parighasana.