Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle) – Overview

Lesson Overview

  • Features: Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle / Rotated or Revolving Lateral Angle)
  • Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
  • Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; contraindications and cautions; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions and cues for setting up and practicing the pose; variations to meet particular intentions and needs; and more teaching considerations.

Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

par-ee-vrt-tah parsh-vah-cone-AHS-anna

“parivrtta” = revolved

“parsvakona” = lateral angle

Revolved Side Angle Pose

Also known as: Rotated or Revolving Lateral Angle Pose


  • Revolved Lunge

Heart of Pose

  • Standing Twist and Side Body Lengthening


Combined Action of Turning Shoulders in One Direction & Pelvis in Other

Two stories take place simultaneously here: lunging forward and turning the torso. The main story in this pose is the combined action of turning the shoulders in one direction and the pelvis in the other; the connection between the shoulders and the pelvis turns the spine. – Ray Long, Anatomy for Vinyasa Flow and Standing Poses 2010 p 140  link

  • Pose shown above is common variation: full pose in upper body but back leg in Crescent Lunge rather than Virabhadrasana I.
  • Another common variation is Prayer Twist shown in Variations below.

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