Thread the Needle Pose Yoga: Parsva Balasana

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Parsva Balasana: Thread the Needle Pose

Parsva balasana (PARS-va bah-LAHS-anna) is a simple twist that can calm the whole body.

Sanskrit:

  • Parsva = side, plank
  • Bala = child
  • Asana = pose

Physical Benefits:

  • Gently compresses the muscles of your upper chest.
  • Opens the upper and outer muscles of your shoulder.

Energetic Benefits:

  • Calms the mind.

Mudra: Jnana Mudra

Jnana mudra is believed to be the gesture of acceptance and calmness, and has deep ties to the divine nature of understanding beyond our ego. This mudra is often used for meditation and literally translates to “wisdom sign” or “knowledge gesture.”

Fold the index finger and until it touches the base of the thumb. The index forms a circle, but the thumb remains straight out. Gently straighten the other three fingers.

Mantra:

Shanti Mantra

The Shanti Mantra can be regularly chanted to continue to unlock long-term joy beyond your daily exercises.

sarvesham svastir bhavatu

sarvesham shantir bhavatu

sarvesham purnam bhavatu

sarvesham mangalam bhavatu

Om santih santih santih

Translation:

May there be well-being for all,

May there be peace for all.

May there be wholeness for all,

May there be happiness for all.

Om Peace Peace Peace

Preparatory Poses:

  • Childs pose | Balasana
  • Table top |Bharmanasana
  • Cat pose | Marjariasana

Follow-Up Poses:

Adjustments/Modifications:

  • Place a blanket underneath  your knees for extra cushion.
  • A similar stretch can be done in seated or standing by crossing one arm over your chest and hooking it with the opposite arm.
  • Place your forearm on the ground rather than your shoulder.

Step-By-Step:

  1. Begin in a neutral tabletop position with your hands and knees on your mat.
  2. Inhale to reach your right arm out and up to prepare, then exhale to reach your right arm under your left arm.
  3. Lower your rights shoulder and ear to the ground.
  4. Keep equal weight in your knees, feet straight out behind you.
  5. Hold for 5-10 breaths. Release back to table tp, then repeat on the other side.

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