Revolved Goddess Pose

Definition - What does Revolved Goddess Pose mean?

Revolved goddess pose is a standing posture which is a twisted variation of goddess pose. This posture combines the lower body strengthening benefits of goddess pose with the abdominal stimulation of a twist and additional opening and release of tension from the upper body. It requires both strength and flexibility to keep the body stable while the torso twists.

From goddess pose, the hands are brought onto the thighs with the fingers pointed inward. The left shoulder is brought toward the midline, and the right toward the ceiling, rotating the torso. The shoulder blades should remain drawn together as the gaze is taken over the right shoulder. The posture can be held for around five breaths before being repeated on the opposite side.

The Sanskrit name for revolved goddess pose is parivrtta utkata konasana.

Yogapedia explains Revolved Goddess Pose

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

  • Strengthens the gluteal and adductor muscles
  • Stretches the abductor muscles
  • Relieves upper body tension

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

It is important in revolved goddess pose to keep the knees stacked over the ankles and pointing in the same alignment as the toes. To modify this posture, the gaze can be taken to the floor in order to make it easier for the neck. If the twist is uncomfortable, goddess pose should be practiced instead.

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