Parivritta Anjaneyasana 

Intermidate

Standing Asanas

Parivritta Anjaneyasana 

Revolved Crescent Lunge Pose

(pa-ri-vrit-ta-an-ja-ne-ya-sun)

Meaning: parivritta = revolved / anjaneya = salutation or praise

Muscle and Joints:

Spinal Movements:

Preparation

Stand upright with a straight spine, relaxed shoulders, arms at your sides, feet together. Inhale, exhale, and relax.

Getting into position

Step the right foot back and come into Virabhadrasana-II (Warrior -II). Bring palms together at the chest into Namaste Mudra (Prayer Seal). Raise the heel of the rear foot. Inhale. Exhaling, rotate your torso to the left. Bend the torso toward the front thigh and bring your right elbow to the outside of the left thigh. Press upper right arm against your thigh, then roll the left shoulder backward to turn your chest upward to the left, twisting the spine farther. Hold for a few moments to allow the body to adjust. Inhale. Exhaling, twist farther. Hold with normal breathing for around 30 seconds.

Coming out of position

Slightly relax the body. Exhale. Inhaling, bring the torso back to an upright position. Exhaling, shift your weight to your front leg, and step back up into starting position. Inhale, exhale, and relax. Repeat on the other side.

Tips

  • When twisting into the position, suck the abdomen in to allow more movement. When twisting farther, do so while exhaling.
  • For stability, keep the weight of the body on the rear leg and press down onto the outer edge of the rear foot.
  • Open the chest and keep shoulders relaxed.
  • Keep the front heel in-line with the rear heel.

Precautions

Avoid

If you have chronic/serious neck problems do not bend their neck either backward or forward (keep neck neutral) during this pose.

Be careful

If you have high or low blood pressure, headache/migraine, or get dizzy easily.

Benefits

General

  • Twists the spine.
  • Stretches the spine, torso, abdomen, hips, and legs.
  • Strengthens arms, back, abdomen, legs.
  • Increases blood flow throughout the body.
  • Improves balance and concentration.

Therapeutic

Helps to reduce the symptoms of sciatic pain.

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