Revolved Squatting Toe Balance Pose
Definition - What does Revolved Squatting Toe Balance Pose mean?
Revolved squatting toe balance is an intermediate twist that improves balance and provides a range of other physical benefits.
In this pose, the yogi drops into a deep squat with knees together, raises onto the toes and rests the buttocks on the heels. With the hands in prayer position, the yogi twists to one side so the elbow is outside his opposite leg. The gaze is toward the sky.
In Sanskrit, the posture is called parivrtta samatvamasana. This pose is also sometimes considered a variation of revolved chair pose (parivrtta utkatasana).
Yogapedia explains Revolved Squatting Toe Balance Pose
In addition to improving balance, revolved squatting toe balance pose has the following benefits:
- Strengthens and improves flexibility in the ankles, toes, knees and thighs
- Stretches the back and waist
- Strengthens the core abdominal muscles
- Improves concentration and focus
- Proves relief for flat feet
- Massages the internal organs, improving digestion and elimination
- Helps to realign the spine
Those with neck injuries should keep the gaze straight ahead. Beginners or those struggling with balance may rest the lower hand on the outside of the thigh and place the other hand on a yoga block.