Revolved Downward-Facing Dog Pose

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Revolved Downward-Facing Dog Pose Mean?

Revolved downward-facing dog pose is a challenging variation of downward-facing dog pose that provides a stimulating twist as well as the benefits of the standard posture.

To enter this pose, begin in downward-facing dog then transfer the weight into the right hand, lifting the left hand and reaching for the right leg to take hold of the ankle or a point higher up the leg, depending on flexibility. Revolve the torso to face the right side and focus the gaze under the right arm. The posture may be held for five to 10 breaths before being repeated on the other side.

The Sanskrit name for this pose is parivrtta adho mukha svanasana.

Revolved Downward-Facing Dog Pose


Yogapedia Explains Revolved Downward-Facing Dog Pose

Revolved downward-facing dog is a posture with a wide range of physical benefits. It stimulates circulation, inverts the upper body, builds strength and improves digestion. It also relieves headaches, stress and back pain. The pose deeply stretches the hamstrings, torso and shoulders, and massages and stimulates the internal organs.

While in the pose, the intention is to keep the hips reaching up and back, maintaining the distance between the hands and feet. An extension should be felt throughout the body.

It is contraindicated for those with digestive issues, high blood pressure or headaches. It may also not be advisable during pregnancy.

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