Jathara Parivartanasana A
Definition - What does Jathara Parivartanasana A mean?
Jathara parivartanasana A is a yoga twist that rejuvenates and re-energizes the body, relieves stress and fatigue, and lengthens and realigns the spine. The name is derived from the Sanskrit jathar, meaning "abdomen," parivarta, meaning "turning," and asana, meaning "pose."
In this pose, the practitioner lies flat on the back with the arms spread perpendicular to the body and the palms facing down. The knees bend toward the chest, then move to one side on an exhale as the head turns the opposite direction to gaze at the fingertips. This is all then repeated on the opposite side.
Jathara parivartanasana A is commonly referred to as belly twist A or spinal twist A in English.
Yogapedia explains Jathara Parivartanasana A
Jathara parivartanasana A improves digestion and blood flow, helps with migraine and headaches, and stimulates the vagus nerves.
When used in a spiritual practice, this twist applies pressure to the solar plexus area and massages the abdominal organs, stimulating the manipura (navel) chakra -- the chakra that governs self-esteem, willpower, ego and self-discipline. This asana also activates the muladhara (root) chakra, which governs one's sense of groundedness and stability. Additionally, jathara parivatanasana A increases all five elements in the body and reduces both the vata and pitta doshas.
Jathara parivartanasana A can be practiced with a blanket folded under the knees for extra support, or with a hand pressing the knees down for a deeper stretch.