Dancing Shiva Pose

Last Updated: August 27, 2018

Definition - What does Dancing Shiva Pose mean?

Dancing Shiva pose is a balancing posture that also requires a high flexibility level.

In this pose, the yogi stands with the right leg extended in front of the body with the left hand holding the outer side of the raised foot. The right leg then crosses the body to the left side, while the right hand extends sideways. The gaze is fixed on this hand. The pose is held for 20 seconds then repeated with the opposite leg.

Dancing Shiva pose is also referred to as parivrtta hasta padangusthasana in Sanskrit.

Dancing Shiva Pose

Yogapedia explains Dancing Shiva Pose

Dancing Shiva pose may require some time to master. Those who find it difficult to hold the outstretched leg may use a yoga strap to assist.

The health benefits of dancing Shiva pose include:

  • Strengthens the legs
  • Stretches and improves spinal flexibility
  • Opens the hips
  • Strengthens the core
  • Tones abdominal organs and hips
  • Aids in detoxification
  • Energizes the body and mind
  • Improves balance
  • Reduces symptoms of osteoporosis
  • Promotes sense of balance
  • Calms the mind
  • Improves mental focus

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