Restorative Poses

Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bharadwaja’s Pose)

Side Bharadwaja's Pose over a bolster
Level: All Levels

Parshva = side. Bharadwaja = an ancient sage with an insatiable desire for learning.

This pose is immensely restful and rejuvenating. It works well as a counter to back bends and standing poses.

Organizing the pose

    • Sit in Dandasana (Staff Pose) with a bolster or folded blankets on the floor against the right hip, pointing out perpendicular to the body.
    • Swing the legs around to the left and turn to face the bolster.
    • As you inhale, lengthen the trunk out along the bolster, as you exhale, turn to the right.
    • Lay out over the bolster with the head turned to either side.
    • Hold this position for 2-5 minutes.
    • Lift up and repeat on the other side.

Practice Points

    • Soften and surrender to the shape of the pose.
    • Allow the back body to receive the breath.