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.
- Parivrtta = to turn around, revolve
- Anjaneya = salutation
- Asana = pose
- Strengthens the quadriceps and gluteus muscles.
- Improves digestion and elimination.
- Stretches the psoas and hips.
- Develops stamina and endurance in your thighs
- Downward-facing dog | Adho mukha svanasana
- Child’s pose | Balasana
- Standing forward fold | Uttanasana
- 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.
- Begin in a lunge with your right foot forward. Bring your palms together in front of your chest.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Ardha Uttanasana: Half Standing Forward Bend
An effective stretch for your hamstrings and calves ardha uttanasana (ARE-dah OOT-tan-AHS-anna), is often used during vinyasa sequences to connect the breath as you flow from one posture to the next.
Philosophy + Origin
One of the reasons ardha uttanasana is used so much in vinyasa yoga classes is that it positions the body for chaturanga dandasana. Because it engages the navel and core, it’s a powerful pose for warming up the body, which is why it’s included in warm-up sequences. Despite its sometimes transitory nature, the pose also engages the navel chakra (manipura), which can bring the practitioner increased confidence and willpower.