Parivrtta Eka Pada Sirsasana

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Parivrtta Eka Pada Sirsasana Mean?

Parivrtta eka pada sirsasana is an intermediate to advanced inversion posture. From Sanskrit, parivrtta means “revolved”; eka means “one”; pada means “foot”; and sirsasana means “headstand.”

Entered from headstand, with the hands clasped together cradling the skull and with the forearms providing support and stability, the yogi revolves or twists the torso. As the torso twists, the hips are released and legs opened, with one leg extending down toward the floor for support and balance. The legs can be switched while in the twist, or the yogi can come out of the posture and repeat on the other side.

Parivrtta eka pada sirsasana is also known in English as revolved one-legged headstand.

Parivrtta Eka Pada Sirsasana


Yogapedia Explains Parivrtta Eka Pada Sirsasana

Parivrtta eka pada sirsasana is a more advanced variation of salamba sirsasana (supported headstand). It also has many of the same physical, mental and spiritual benefits as the more basic expression of the pose.

As an inversion, parivrtta eka pada sirsasana balances and opens the sahasrara (crown) chakra. This chakra is the yogi’s connection to his/her spiritual self, providing the gateway to higher knowledge and enlightenment. It is also associated with intuition and confidence.

As a twisting pose, parivrtta eka pada sirsasana also helps clear blocked energy in the manipura (navel) and svadisthana (sacral) chakras. Manipura is associated with self-esteem, motivation and decisiveness, while svadisthana is the center of pleasure, creativity and enjoyment.

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