Sanskrit: Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Revolved side angle pose is a deep twist that requires flexibility in the IT band and outer hips. This pose stretches the groin, shoulders and chest. It also helps to improve balance. This posture breaks the trend in our usual advanced postures as this is less about strength and more about flexibility. Blocks offer great support in this posture. See below for detailed how to instructions for this pose:

  1. Begin in downward facing dog
  2. Reach the right leg up and back, step it forward for low lunge right side. Right hand to outside of right leg (Use right hand to encourage a deeper twist)
  3. Left arm up inhale exhale twist (take left elbow to the outside of the right knee)
  4. Bring hands together in prayer
  5. Try to get your whole left shoulder to the outside of the right thigh
  6. Release left hand to the ground (or block) and the right hand to sacrum
  7. Tuck left toes under and lift left knee off of the ground
  8. Extend right arm forward , full externally rotate the shoulder
  9. Spin the left heel down
  10. look up toward the ceiling and hold the pose
  11. Unwind, release and repeat on the opposite side.