Parivrtta Anjaneyasana: Revolved Lunge Pose

Parivrtta Anjaneyasana: Revolved Lunge Pose

Parivrtta anjaneyasana (par-ee-VRT-tah aan-jha-nay-AHS-ah-nah) is a twisted variation of lunge pose with several options to make the pose accessible. This pose can help develop stamina while improving your balance.

Sanskrit:

  • Parivrtta = to turn around, revolve
  • Anjaneya = salutation
  • Asana = pose

Physical Benefits:

  • Strengthens the quadriceps and gluteus muscles.
  • Improves digestion and elimination.
  • Stretches the psoas and hips.
  • Develops stamina and endurance in your thighs

Preparatory Poses:

Sequential Poses:

Counter Poses:

Adjustments/Modifications:

  • Keep your gaze downward or forward rather than looking up.
  • Lower your back knee down to the ground rather than lifting.
  • Parivrtta parsvakonasana: The opposite arm rests on the front leg or reaches to the ground, while the other arm extends overhead, creating a deeper twist.

Step-By-Step:

  1. Begin in a lunge with your right foot forward. Bring your palms together in front of your chest.
  2. Lift your left knee off the ground and push your left heel back. Reach the crown of your head forward away from your back heel to lengthen your spine and side body.
  3. On an exhale, twist toward your right leg and place your left tricep on your right thigh. Bring your torso as close to your leg as possible.
  4. Press your palms together to engage your arms. Turn your chest in the direction of the ceiling and shift your gaze upward over your right shoulder.
  5. Stay for up to one minute. To release the pose, unwind and place your hands down on the mat, then step back to table top or down dog. Repeat on the other side.

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Ustrasana: Camel Pose

Ustrasana: Camel Pose

ADJUSTMENTS    |     BENEFITS    |     MANTRA    |     MUDRA    |     PREP POSES    |     SANSKRIT    |     STEPS

Ustrasana (oosh-TRAHS-anna), offers a long list of benefits for both the physical and subtle bodies. Thanks to its many different variations and modifications, there are plenty of ways for individuals of all levels to appreciate the chest-opening and chakra-opening effects of camel pose.

Philosophy + Origin

Camel pose is named because the shape resembles the hump on a camel’s back, however there are other ways to consider the name when approaching the posture. Camels are known for their slow, steady, almost methodical way of moving. Rather than trying to race into the posture, moving slowly and methodically will help you find its benefits safely. Camels use their humps as food reserves, like well-packed bags ready to be used when needed. This type of physical preparation, a part of the camel’s natural adaptation for survival, is essential for this pose as well. Take your time to gather and practice the skills and knowledge necessary to take a back-bending journey to ensure that you come in and out of the posture with ease and poise.

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