Parivritta Paschimottanasana

Parivritta Paschimottanasana

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Parivritta means turned around, revolved. Paschima literally means the west and refers to the back of the entire body from the head to the heels. Uttana means an intense stretch. In Parivritta Paschimottanasana the trunk is twisted on one side.

Parivritta Paschimottanasana


  1. Sit on the floor with the legs stretched straight in front. Keep the knees tight and the legs touching each other at the knees, ankles, heels and big toes.
  2. Exhale, extend the right arm towards the left foot. Twist the right forearm and the right wrist so that the right thumb points to the floor and the right little finger points up. Then with the right hand hold the outer side of the left foot. Take a breath.
  3. Now, exhale, extend the left arm over the right forearm keeping the left wrist up. Twist the left forearm and the left wrist so that the left thumb points to the floor and the left little finger points up. Hold the outer side of the right foot and take a breath.
  4. Exhale, twist the trunk about 90 degrees to the left by bending and widening the elbows. Take a breath. Exhale again, move the head between the arms and look up. The back portion of the upper right arm near the armpit will rest across the left knee. Try and rest the right side ribs on the left thigh. Due to the lateral twist of the trunk, breathing will be fast. Hold the pose for about 20 seconds.
  5. Inhale, release the hands and move the trunk back to its original position.
  6. Now twist the trunk to the right and repeat the pose for the same length of time, following the technique given above, but substituting the word ‘left’ for the word ‘right’ and the word ‘right’ for the word ‘left’.

Effects of Parivritta Paschimottanasana

Parivritta Paschimottanasana tones the abdominal organs and keeps them free from sluggishness. I t also tones the kidneys and rejuvenates the entire spine, while the digestion is improved. The lateral twist stimulates blood circulation in the spine and relieves backaches. Due to the stretch of the pelvic region, more oxygenated blood is brought there and the gonad glands absorb the required nutrition from the blood. This increases vitality, helps to cure impotency and promotes sex control.

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