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Yoga posture of the week: Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

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This time we will know about yoga posture this week, that as they already read it in the title is Parivrtta Parsvakonasana.

This position demands a great turn of the trunk and at the same time it is very positive because it gives a massage to the internal organs. It helps us with our entire cleaning system and detoxification, that's why it should never be lacking in our practice. As a complement to be able to perform this position, it is a good option to use the essential oil palo santo or the cones of incense of palo santo. Its aroma will allow us to concentrate better and achieve posture correctly.

This is an intense twisting posture especially in the abdomen and lower back area. Everything depends on the flexibility you have. This posture demands a great strength of the leg.

To perform this position, we will follow the steps below:

  • We start from parivritta trikonasana and tadasana.
  • We separate the legs trying to have the heels in line and the parallel feet.
  • We make a turn of the foot where we are going to do the twisting, trying to locate the knee at the level of the heel. Not so forward or necessarily so far behind.
  • Force abduction, separation force to give stability and support.
  • We rotate the trunk to fit the shoulder and the elbow on the opposite knee.
  • We take a breath.
  • We started doing the twist, approaching the elbow with the knee, reaching the first phase of the posture.
  • We can go breathing and maintaining the strength of the legs, increasing the level of torsion remaining completely in the posture.
  • If you want to reach a much more demanding phase 2, we strengthen our legs and open our arms.
  • If there are no neck problems we can turn our heads and make the right eye in this case reach the left hand.
  • We inhale and leave the posture.
  • You can also perform the posture as follows:
  • We started from Tadasana, mountain posture.
  • For this position to be complete and let's get the column extension that it requires, we take a breath and we take one foot back.
  • We give stability to the leg by seating and putting strength in the heel.
  • Once having the required stability, we passed the elbow by the knee.
  • While we are spinning, we are breathing until we reach the final part of the posture.
  • We inhale and leave the posture.
  • If you want to deepen your posture further, by staying with the elbow in the knee we started to open our arms and we increase the level of torsion in the trunk.
  • With these two forms you can perform this posture, according to the one you like the most or the easiest one.

Benefits of posture

  • Strengthens and stretches the legs, knees and ankles.
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs.
  • Increase resistance
  • Improve balance
  • It helps in digestion and favors the evacuation.


  • They should not be practiced by pregnant women or women who are in the period of menstruation.
  • People with herniated discs should avoid performing this posture.
  • If there are problems in the neck, do not turn your head to look at the upper arm. It can lengthen evenly, or look down.
  • Do not perform the postures if you are experiencing a headache or suffer from high or low blood pressure.
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