Parivrtta Adho Mukha Svanasana

Definition - What does Parivrtta Adho Mukha Svanasana mean?

Parivrtta adho mukha svanasana is a relatively challenging variation of adho mukha svanasana. The name comes from the Sanskrit, parivrtta, meaning “revolved,” adho, meaning “downward,” mukha, meaning “facing,” svana, meaning “dog,” and asana, meaning “pose."

From adho mukha svanasana, one hand reaches under and across the body to the ground on the outside of the opposite foot. If this is not possible, the hand may rest at any point on the outside of the opposite leg.

Parivrtta adho mukha svanasana may be commonly referred to in English as revolved downward-facing dog pose.

Yogapedia explains Parivrtta Adho Mukha Svanasana

As well as an inversion, parivrtta adho mukha svanasana provides a deeper stretch of the hamstrings and stimulation of the abdominal area. In addition to its physical benefits, parivrtta adho mukha svanasana can be used to energize the nervous system. It may help to relieve stress, headaches and fatigue. It can also be incorporated into a yoga practice to create a more dynamic flow, heat and suppleness.

Traditionally, parivrtta adho mukha svanasana, like all twists, is associated with stimulating the navel (manipura) chakra. Working with this chakra is said to help increase feelings of self-confidence, strength and power. It generates internal heat, which and can help with overcoming fears or nervousness.

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