Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Bound Revolved High Side Angle Pose or Parivrtta Parsvakonasana*

At TriYoga, London

Bound Revolved High Side Angle Pose is a complex pose with several major benefits:
* it strengthens the feet, ankles and legs;
* it stretches the Psoas and Iliacus muscles, which are located in tricky places and for this reason are often neglected;
* twisting reduces stress in the abdominal area and helps to digest food better.

If you cannot bind, there are two other arm options available:
option 1: stretch your arms like wings, one touching the ground and the other pointing vertically towards the ceiling;
option 2: position hands in a prayer in front of your chest with the opposite elbow touching the knee.

A few points to consider:
* make sure you don't claw the front foot toes. Spread them out and suck them onto the ground;
* energise the feet and legs so that you have a good balance. If the foundation is wobbly, you will fall over;
* make sure your balance is in the middle, not tilted towards your front or back foot;
* turn your head toward the ceiling only if the neck allows it, otherwise look straight ahead or down to the floor. The neck is a delicate area. To avoid headaches you should never twist or turn it too much. The head might fall off and roll onto the floor;
* once in the pose, make sure you do your very best to breathe. When you are stable, deepen the twist with every out-breath;
* try closing your eyes;
* I practise Vinyasa Flow yoga style, which is an uninterrupted flow of poses without any pauses between them. For example, a simple version of Vinyasa Flow would be from Warrior II to Bound Revolved High Side Angle, all done with the breath and without touching the ground with hands. I often finish the sequence with a Half Moon, Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend with Reverse Prayer Hands or Warrior III.


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Profe said...

great post!

badda = bound

you don't really need 'high', it's implied, but if you want it, it's "uddhata"

so, baddhoddhata pravritta parsvakonasana (a mouthful!)

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