Parivrtta Prasarita Padottanasana

Definition - What does Parivrtta Prasarita Padottanasana mean?

Parivrtta prasarita padottanasana is an intermediate standing forward bend with a twist that, among other benefits, increases flexibility. The name comes from the Sanskrit parivrtta, meaning “twisted” or “revolved”; prasarita, which means “spread out” or “expanded”; pada, meaning “foot”; ut (ot), meaning “intense”; tan, which means “to stretch”; and asana, which is “pose” or “posture.”

In English, it is called revolved wide-legged standing forward fold. To practice this asana, stand with the legs wide apart, then bend forward until the chest is parallel with the ground. Place one hand on the ground directly under the shoulder, then rotate and extend the other arm toward the sky. For a deeper stretch, grab each ankle with the opposite hand.

Yogapedia explains Parivrtta Prasarita Padottanasana

In addition to its physical benefits, parivrtta prasarita padottanasana is believed to relieve tension, anxiety and stress, and calm the mind. The pose is also thought to open and balance three of the body's chakra energy centers:

  • Vishuddha (throat) chakra, which is associated with authentic expression and higher communication.
  • Svadhisthana (sacral) chakra, which is the center of creativity and sexuality. When Svadhisthana is balanced, you experience joy, abundance and pleasure.
  • Muladhara (root) chakra, which creates a sense of grounding, stability and security.
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