About Revolved Side Angle Pose
The revolved side angle pose is a challenging standing twist. This intermediate pose focuses on strengthening and stretching several parts of the body including the legs and groin. It also stimulates the internal organs. The revolved side angle pose should only be attempted by someone with adequate yoga experience and practice. Without a strong grasp of the basic yoga steps, the revolved side angle pose can cause muscle cramping, strains and injuries in beginners. Practice the Baddha Konasana, Virasana, Upavistha Konasana and Gomukhasana to give your body an adequate warm up before you perform the intense revolved side angle pose.
Step By Step Instructions
After performing the aforementioned preparatory poses, you can proceed to attempt the following revolved side angle pose sequence!
- Position yourself on the yoga mat by placing your right foot forward. Bend the right knee so that it forms a 90 degree angle. The right thigh should be parallel to the mat. Kneel with the left knee.
- Place the right hand close to the right hip as you place the left upper arm on the right knee.
- Twist our torso slightly to the right and bring your palms together so that they are held in the prayer position. Your left elbow should rest lightly on the right knee. The pressure on the right knee should be negligible.
- Now stretch the spine as you push your shoulders back and twist your torso further to the right.
- Extend and straighten out the left leg behind you.
- Then place your left hand on the mat next to the right foot as you extend the right arm upwards. The left leg and right arm should be in line.
- Turn your head to gaze upwards at your top arm.
- Maintain the revolved side angle pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute or longer if you can.
- Exit the pose and repeat the sequence with the other leg.
The revolved side angle pose has numerous health benefits. Let’s take a look at them!
- Strengthens the knees, ankles and leg muscles.
- Stretches several parts of the body including the spine, chest, lungs, groin and back.
- Acts as a stimulant for abdominal organs.
- Enhances the body’s stamina and sense of balance.
- Enhances the body’s digestive functioning.
Things to Remember!
Individuals suffering from headaches, insomnia, high blood pressure or low blood pressure should refrain from attempting this pose. Extra caution should be exercised by individuals who suffer from chronic neck pain or neck injuries.