Parivrtta Baddha Anjaneyasana

Definition - What does Parivrtta Baddha Anjaneyasana mean?

Parivrtta baddha anjaneyasana is a bound and twisted variation of the standing crescent lunge posture known as anjaneyasana. From Sanskrit, parivrtta means “revolved,” baddha means “bound,” anjaneya means “praise” and asana means “pose."

In this asana, the legs are in a crescent lunge position with the right leg forward. The torso leans forward, rotating to the right so that the left arm reaches over and around the right thigh to bind with the right hand, which reaches around the back and under the body. The posture is repeated on the opposite side.

Parivrtta baddha anjaneyasana may be referred to in English as bound revolved crescent lunge.

Yogapedia explains Parivrtta Baddha Anjaneyasana

As well as all the strengthening and stretching benefits of the lunge, the twist and bind provide additional stimulation to the abdominal organs. Different variations of anjaneyasana may be sequenced together to heighten the stimulating effects of the twist and bind.

In addition to its physical benefits, parivrtta baddha anjaneyasana is said to help increase both energy levels and confidence, due to its stimulating effects on the body’s internal systems. It promotes balance and coordination.

Traditionally, parivrtta baddha anjaneyasana, like parivrtta anjaneyasana is associated with the solar plexus (manipura) chakra. Working with this chakra is said to help with feelings of vulnerability and powerlessness. It can cultivate the strength to overcome fear and anxiety by encouraging self-confidence, willpower and dynamism. The added challenge of the bind is said to help increase awareness, presence and mindfulness in the posture, while helping the yogi to feel contained and secure.

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