Revolving Side Angle or Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Parivrtta Parsvakonasana is translated as Revolved Side Angle Pose from Sanskrit. The name of this pose comes from “parivrtta” meaning”revolved”, “parsva” meaning “side”, “kona” meaning “angle” , and “asana”meaning “posture” or “seat”.

Revolved Side Angle or Crescent Lunge Twist: whatever you choose to call it, there’s lots of variations in this one. You may choose to keep the back knee on the mat, play with open arms, a prayer or a fist, gaze towards shoulder or the sky…it all depends on how your body feels on any given day.

To come into this pose start in a crescent lunge, maybe with the back knee down, with hands in prayer. Lean slightly forward as you inhale, lifting the chest, twist and hook the opposite elbow over your knee on the exhale. Focus on extending through the spine sending the crown of your head forward with every inhale, and twisting the torso a bit more with every exhale.
If you choose to straighten the back leg, squeeze the inner thighs towards each other to keep the hips square, then lift the heel up and forwards. Keep the front knee over the ankle, and draw the belly in for stability. From here, take your gaze toward the top shoulder soften through the shoulders. Choose to either stay here or take your arm variation. I like to keep my hands in prayer when my shoulders are tense, but opening the arms gives me more of a twist which can feel pretty amazing too. Keeping the chin tucked and neck long is a nourishing, soothing relief for the neck and shoulders. You may also place a block under the lower hand, and if you have any shoulder issues bring the top hand to your sacrum or onto the top hip. If you feel nice and open in your shoulders, you could wrap the bottom arm under the leg, and take the top arm back to take a bind.

Crescent Lunge Twist

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