Revolved Half Chair Pose

Definition - What does Revolved Half Chair Pose mean?

Revolved half chair pose is an intermediate standing twist that strengthens the legs and provides a strong spinal stretch. It is a variation of the foundational chair pose.

Beginning in chair pose, the knees bend deeper. The hands are brought together in front of the chest in prayer position. The upper body then twists to one side with the lower elbow resting on the outer portion of the opposite thigh. The neck revolves until the gaze is toward the sky.

In Sanskrit, it is known as parivrtta ardha utkatasana.

Revolved Half Chair Pose

Yogapedia explains Revolved Half Chair Pose

As a twisting pose, revolved half chair pose massages the internal organs and improves digestion, helps maintain and improve spinal rotation, stretches the obliques and boosts circulation.

Revolved half chair also shares some of the benefits of chair pose and half chair pose:

  • Stretches shoulders, thighs, chest and wrists
  • Strengthens the back, hips, ankles, calves and quadriceps
  • Eases symptoms of flat feet

Yogis with knee, hip, back or neck injuries should skip revolved half chair pose, as should those with low blood pressure or insomnia.

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