Ardha Jathara Parivartanasana
Definition - What does Ardha Jathara Parivartanasana mean?
Ardha jathara parivartanasana is a beginner supine twist that stretches the back, shoulders and hips. The name comes from the Sanskrit, ardha, meaning “half”; jathara, meaning “belly” or “abdomen”; parivarta, meaning “revolving”; and asana, meaning "pose."
From a supine position, the knees are drawn into the chest. One arm extends to the side while the knees are slowly dropped to the other side. The head turns toward the extended arm and the dristhi is toward the thumb.
In English, it is known as half belly twist.
Yogapedia explains Ardha Jathara Parivartanasana
Ardha jathara parivartanasana offers the same benefits as the full version, jathara parivartanasana, in which both arms are extended to the sides in a “T” shape. The posture realigns, lengthens and relaxes the spine. In addition to its physical benefits, ardha jathara parivartanasana reduces stress, fatigue and anxiety and energizes the body and mind.
This pose is also believed to open and balance the anahata (heart) chakra, which is associated with compassion, kindness and love. By balancing the anahata through ardha jathara parivartanasana, the yogi opens his/her heart to receive, as well as give, love. Opening this chakra also creates a feeling of abundance and promotes empathy, forgiveness and trust.