Revolved Side Angle Stretches & Nourishes Your Legs, Knees & Ankles
The Revolved Side Angle pose of yoga has a tongue-twister name – Parivritta Parshvakonasana. The posture itself is a body twister where you bend, balance and twist all at the same time. It may seem difficult from this description but is relatively simple to do once you get used to it. And it has a package of benefits to offer you by stimulating your abdominal organs, improving digestion, strengthening your limbs and nourishing your hip, spine, chest, lungs, and shoulders.
How to Do the Parivritta Parshvakonasana
Stand with your legs together and your arms by your side. Breathe easy and relax. Now inhale and lift your right foot and place it one shoulder length ahead of your left foot. While doing this, bend your right leg from your knee while holding your left leg straight without bending it at the knee.
Stiffen the muscles of your back and bend towards the knee of your right leg. Move your left hand below your hip. Bend further if necessary so that you can touch the foot of your right leg with your left hand. Place your left palm flat on the mat.
Now lift your right hand and hold it above your head but align the angle of your hand with that of your torso which is now slanting at an angle of 45 degrees. To give maximum tilt and twist to your hip, you may touch the left side of your chest to the thigh of your right leg. Turn your face upwards towards the ceiling and fix your gaze at any point on the ceiling. This will help you to hold steady at this posture. Breathe easy and hold on to this posture for some time before exiting this pose.
How to Exit the Parivritta Parshvakonasana
Inhale and stiffen your back. Lift your left palm off the mat gently and gradually. While doing this, lower your right arm by rotating it towards your left foot. While doing this your shoulders will straighten. As your torso becomes vertical, bring your right leg below your hip by dragging your right foot along the mat. Now bring your left foot ahead to align with your right foot. You are standing erect. Breathe easy and pause before you get into this pose once again. Repeat this pose for as many times as you feel like.
Benefits of the Parivritta Parshvakonasana
Due to your spreading your legs from your hips, the Revolved Side Angle pose nourishes your hips and spine. It also opens your groin and stretches your thighs and calf muscles.
As you twist from your hip and shoulders, it nourishes your chest and lungs and stimulates your abdominal organs to secrete better. Most importantly, your pancreas secretes more insulin regulating your blood sugar.
It also improves your ability to balance your posture in any awkward position and above all improves your stamina.
Who Should Not Do the Parivritta Parshvakonasana
Those who suffer from migraine, high or low blood pressure, postural vertigo and insomnia should avoid doing this exercise. In any case, do consult your doctor and yoga instructor before doing this exercise.
Eat Food with High Nutrient Value
Insist on food with high nutrient value. Eat non-greasy, high fiber and low calorie food. This can supplement your yoga exercises and help you to get the best out of them.