Yoga Foundations: Revolved Side Angle Pose
Revolved side angle pose is a grounding twist pose that offers an excellent stretch in the upper body, down the lower back and through the extended calf muscles.
This pose will challenge your flexibility, strength and balance. Revolved side angle pose can also massage and stimulate the abdominal organs and ease sciatica.
Here’s how to do it step-by-step:
- From Downward-Facing Dog, step your left foot forward to a lunge. Position your hips toward the front of your mat.
- Keep your left knee at a 90-degree angle. Line the center of your knee with the center of your right ankle. Strive to bring the right thigh parallel to the floor.
- Lift the torso and raise the arms overhead into Warrior I. Reach your arms up as to the sky, and creating length between your hips and upper body. Breathe several long breaths.
- Lower your arms, place your palms together in prayer. Twist your torso to the left and bring your right elbow to the outside of your left knee.
- Take your right hand to the floor or a block as you press your right arm into the outside of your knee. Reach your left arm straight up or reaching over your left ear, with your palm facing the floor.
- Lengthen your spine as you inhale and twist a little more as you exhale. Soften your belly, extend your spine with each inhalation, and increase the twist as you exhale.
- Stay for 5 to 10 breaths. Place your back heel down and lift out of the pose with your left arm before repeating on the other side.
- Inhale to rise, exhale to release the twist. Reverse your feet and repeat on your opposite side.
For more support, perform this pose with your back knee resting on a mat or on a folded blanket. Make sure that your front knee stays stacked over the front ankle, and keep your hips pointed forward.