Parivritta Baddha Parsvakonasana
Parivritta Baddha Parsvakonasana (Bound Revolved Side Angle Pose) is an intense variation of Parsvakonasana (Side Angle Bend Pose). This asana is not only challenging but is also a great chest opener. It requires better control on legs, hips, and hamstrings. Entire torso is strengthened and stretched by adding the twisted arms in the side angle pose. It also opens the shoulders, giving relief if your upper body is stiff. In Sanskrit, Parivritta means “Twisted”, Baddha means “Revolved”, Parsva means “side”, kona means “angle” and asana meaning pose. Parivritta Baddha Parsvakonasana works on the Anahata Chakra, Manipura, Swadhistana Chakra and Mooladhara Chakra.
Steps to do Bound Revolved Side Angle Pose / Parivritta Baddha Parsvakonasana
- Stand in Tadasana.
- Right foot far back. Inhale, stretch the hands, torso in line with legs.
- Make sure your left foot is at 90 degrees angle and right foot 45 degrees.
- Exhale, bend your right knee, twist the trunk towards left, take the left arm under thigh in a twist while the right arm is in a bind around the extended right leg.
- Try keeping both your shoulders in a line. Keep breathing while in the posture.
- Inhale, raise up, exhale and stand in Tadasana.
- Repeat on the other side.
Tips for beginners
- Pay attention to your back foot so that it can save you from any injury. Work on your hamstrings before you attempt the pose.
- You can use props to support your asana. Support your heel by placing it on a block, or a wall to help you maintain your balance.
- Preparatory pose can be Sethubandhasana(Bridge Pose), kapotasana, Janushirsasana(Head to Knee Pose)and gomukhasana.
- Strengthens and stretches the legs, knees and ankles.
- Stretches the groin, spine, chest and shoulders.
- Stimulates abdominal organs.
- Improves digestion.
- Improves balance, helps in treating infertility, lower back ache, osteoporosis and sciatica.
Watch out for
- Don't twist the neck in case of neck pain.
- Avoid it if you have headache, migraine or insomnia.
- In case of knee injury avoid this asana.
- Parivritta Baddha Parsvakonasana can be combined with Trikonasana(Triangle Pose), Parivritta Trikonasana(Twisted Triangle Pose) and all the Veerabhadrasana series for variations.
- Parivritta Baddha Parsvakonasana is a variation of Parsvakonasana(Side Angle Bend Pose).