There are several versions of this asana. In the first variation, the torso is only taken to a half forward fold and the hands press into a wall. In the second variation, the back knee lowers to the ground and the torso folds forward over the front leg. Both variations create the same calming, soothing effects of parsvottanasana and can be easily integrated into a vinyasa sequence.
When the movements of this asana are synchronized with the breath, it has many holistic health benefits as it strengthens the internal and external bodily systems simultaneously.
Ardha parsvottanasana has the following additional benefits:
- Enhances intuition and communication
- Helps build kundalini energy
- Activates the ajna and sahasrara chakras
- Calms the mind
- Strengthens the nervous system