Revolved Chair Pose

Definition - What does Revolved Chair Pose mean?

Revolved chair pose is a standing posture that is a twisted variation of chair pose. This posture combines the strengthening benefits of chair pose with the abdominal stimulation of a twist and additional opening up of the upper body. It requires both strength and flexibility to keep the body stable while the torso twists.

To enter the pose, begin in chair pose. The hands are brought together in the center of the chest, the body is revolved to one side and the elbow hooks over the opposite knee. The hands press together. The twist is then repeated on the opposite side.

The Sanskrit name for revolved chair pose is parivrtta utkatasana.

Yogapedia explains Revolved Chair Pose

Revolved chair pose is considered very beneficial for the physical body in a number of ways:

  • Stretches the lower back
  • Strengthens the hip flexors, quadriceps and adductor muscles
  • Opens the shoulders, upper back and chest
  • Strengthens and stretches the calves
  • Improves proprioception in the feet
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs and heart

Some people believe that the stimulation of the organs can also aid the body’s natural detoxification process.

To modify this posture, place a folded blanket beneath the heels or between the legs. It is important to keep the knees together and the hips facing forward.

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