Are you looking for step-by-step instructions on how to do Parivrtta Parsvakonasana, Revolved Side Angle pose? Look no further than right here. We took this complicated, twisting asana that challenges the body to twist so deeply all while grounding the back heel into the ground, and simplified it into a few steps so you can day-by-day work at deepening your Parivrtta Parsvakonasana asana in your yoga practice.

Parivrtta Parsvakonasana continues from Utthita Parsvakonasana.

(1) Ekam - Inhale - Jump to right, arms out to sides, left heels slightly turned in to the right. Your feet should be approximately 1 meter apart, perhaps slightly wider if you are tall. Your right heel and left heel are aligned, while your right food is held at a 90 degree angle.

(2) Dve - Exhale - Turn to right, bend right knee directly over right ankle. Bring left elbow outside of right knee and place left hand on the floor. Make sure you are twisting your torso until your chest faces over your left leg. Both thighs are active. Your right art launches over your head to keep the shape of a straight line with your entire body.

Hold the posture and breathe for 5 breaths.

(3) Trini - Inhale - Come up slowly

(4) Chatvari - Exhale - Shift feet only so that you can do the other side. Hold the posture and breathe for 5 breaths.

(5) Pancha - Inhale - Come up slowly and jump into Samasthi.

The eyegaze, dristi, is Hastagrai (hand).

Tips for Successfully Completing Parivrtta Parsvakonasana:

Make sure you spiral your chest so that it can open to the ceiling. Gaze upwards at your hand to keep your neck in line with the rest of your body. To revolve fully into this posture, reach out with the left armpit underneath the right thigh. Your raised arm should be pressed over your right ear, lengthening all the way into the wrist. Firmly press the outer edge of your back foot into the mat to stabilize. Keep both thighs active.

Modification for Parivrtta Parsvakonasana:

If you find placing your hand on the ground a challenge, twist your body so that your opposite elbow can hook onto the front thigh. Twist the chest and place both of your palms together in the gesture of namaskara. Press palms firmly against each other and draw them towards your chest. If this is still too challenging, drop your back knee and place it on the floor. If you can successfully drop a hand to the floor, but are struggling to keep your back heel pressed, that’s alright. Let the back heel lift and focus on lowering it as you breathe.

Benefits of Parivrtta Parsvakonasana:

As Parivrtta Parsvakonasana is a challenge for the thighs, it helps stabilize the knee and ankle joints as well as improving balance. Parivrtta Parsvakonasana also is a big abdominal twist, therefore it massages the inner orange and helps with digestion.