Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana
Definition - What does Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana mean?
Parivrtta surya yantrasana is an intermediate to advanced seated posture with a twist that requires flexibility throughout the body. The name comes from the Sanskrit, parivrtta, meaning “revolved” or “twisted”; surya, meaning “sun”; yantra, meaning “instrument”; and asana, which translates as “pose” or “posture.”
To practice parivrtta surya yantrasana, the yogi begins in dandasana (staff pose), bends one knee and places the sole of the foot against the opposite inner thigh. The straight leg is raised to the sky as the yogi twists the torso to reach behind with the opposite arm and grab the upraised foot. The other hand touches the ground for support.
Parivrtta surya yantrasana is also known as revolved sundial pose or compass pose in English.
Yogapedia explains Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana
In parivrtta surya yantrasana, the drishti (gaze) can be straight ahead, but for a deeper twist, the gaze is toward the sky and over the upraised arm.
The pose is believed to open the svadisthana (sacral) chakra, which is associated with creativity and sexual energy. When svadisthana is balanced, the yogi experiences feelings of joy, wellness, pleasure, connection, abundance and transforming power.
A grounding and yet expansive pose, parivrtta surya yantrasana is also thought to relieve anxiety, stress and mild depression. Symbolically, the posture represents the body as a compass to guide the yogi back home to focus on his/her physical and inner spiritual practice.