Parivrtta Utkatasana

Definition - What does Parivrtta Utkatasana mean?

Parivrtta utkatasana is a twisted variation of utkatasana, which is often incorporated into vinyasa flow sequences. The name is derived from the Sanskrit roots words, parivrtta, meaning "revolved," utkata, meaning "fierce," and asana, meaning "pose."

To enter the pose, begin in utkatasana. Then, with the hands in prayer position at the heart center, twist the body to hook one elbow over the opposite knee.

The English name for parivrtta utkatasana is revolved chair pose.

Yogapedia explains Parivrtta Utkatasana

Parivrtta utkatasana is an ideal posture for releasing tension in the body and mind, improving the breathing and cultivating internal heat. It is thought to also be beneficial on a holistic level for:

  • Detoxifying the body and mind, including the thoughts
  • Increasing a sense of groundedness
  • Boosting confidence

Because of the intense and sometimes challenging nature of parivrtta utkatasana, it is said to be a good posture for learning to soften and find a kind of comfort within discomfort. This helps the yogi learn to work with their body, rather than against it.

This posture is also said to be good for helping the yogi to recognize whether his/her energy is balanced. Through rooting into the ground in order to rise up, this pose helps to simultaneously cultivate the grounding downward energy of apana vayu with the inward and upward energy of prana vayu. In turn, this builds more ease and balance.

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