Parivrtta Ustrasana

Definition - What does Parivrtta Ustrasana mean?

Parivrtta ustrasana is a kneeling posture that serves as an intermediate backbend and chest-opener. The name comes from the Sanskrit, parivrtta, meaning “twisted” or “revolved”; ustra, meaning “camel”; and asana, which translates as “posture” or “pose.”

From a kneeling position with the thighs perpendicular to the ground, one arm reaches to the sky while the other reaches back to the feet, creating a twist as well as a back bend.

Parivrtta ustrasana is also known as revolved camel pose in English.

Yogapedia explains Parivrtta Ustrasana

Traditionally, parivrtta ustrasana is believed to open three of the chakras, or energy centers in the body: anahata (heart), visuddha (throat) and sahasrara (crown). Activating anahata is associated with love, compassion and forgiveness. Visuddha and sahasrara are spiritual chakras. Opening visuddha is associated with a higher communication, authentic expression and the yogi's highest truth. Sahasrara is the connection to the Divine and the source of enlightenment.

Parivrtta ustrasana has a range of physical benefits, including stimulating digestion, and is thought to be effective for reducing stress, anxiety and fatigue.

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