Standing Poses


Parivrtta Parshvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle Pose)



Parivrtta Parshvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle Pose) Parivritta Parsvakonasana

Level: Advanced Beginners
Category: Standing Pose, Twist


Parivrtta = revolved. Parsva = side or flank. Kona = angle.

Organizing the Pose

    • Come into Tadasana (Mountain Pose).
    • Exhale, hop or step the feet apart into Utthita Hasta Padasana (Extended Hands and Feet Pose) and then take them further apart.
    • Turn the right leg out and the left foot in to come into Parshva Hasta Padasana (Side Hands and Feet Pose).
    • Bend the right leg and turn the trunk to face the right thigh.
    • Inhale, and reach the left arm up, lengthening the left side of the trunk.
    • Exhale and bring the left arm down on the outside of the left knee. Bring the hand to the floor or to a block.
    • Let the back heel come up off the floor if it wants to, but keep reaching the heel across the body and down.
    • Exhale and roll the trunk up towards the ceiling.
    • Sweep the right arm out and up alongside the ear.
    • Turn the head and look up through the right upper arm towards the ceiling.
    • Hold the position for several breaths.
    • To come up, ground down through the feet, inhale and windmill the arms and trunk to come back to Parshva Hasta Padasana (Side Hands and Feet Pose).
    • Repeat on the other side.