Parivrtta Ardha Utkatasana

Definition - What does Parivrtta Ardha Utkatasana mean?

Parivrtta ardha utkatasana is an intermediate standing pose with a twist that involves leg strength, balance and flexibility. The name comes from the Sanskrit, parivrtta, meaning “revolved” or “twisted”; ardha, meaning “half”; utkata, meaning “difficult,” “fierce” or “intense”; and asana, which means “posture” or “pose.”

Place the hands in prayer position in front of the chest with the elbows out to the sides. With the feet together, bend the knees into ardha utkatasana and twist the upper body to the side, resting the lower elbow outside its opposite thigh.

In English, parivrtta ardha utkatasana is known as revolved half chair pose.

Parivrtta Ardha Utkatasana

Yogapedia explains Parivrtta Ardha Utkatasana

In parivrtta ardha utkatasana, the drishti is toward the sky. In a more challenging leg position, stand on the leg that supports the elbow and cross the opposite leg over that thigh.

In addition to its physical benefits, which include a strong spinal stretch, parivrtta ardha utkatasana is believed to be energizing, while also reducing stress and anxiety. As a revolved posture, it is also thought to activate the manipura (navel or solar plexus) chakra, which is associated with confidence, self-esteem and transforming power.

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