Dancing Shiva Pose

Parivrtta hasta padangusthasana

What is Dancing Shiva Pose?

Dancing shiva pose, or parivrtta hasta padangusthasana in Sanskrit, is a challenging balancing posture and deep twist. Balancing on one leg, the yogi extends the other leg parallel to the floor, grasps it with the opposite hand, and twists toward the extended leg. The pose builds balance, confidence, flexibility and strength.


  • Begin standing. Inhale and bring the right knee toward the chest. Grasp the big toe with the first three fingers of the right hand.
  • Exhale and extend the leg parallel to the floor.
  • Grasp the outside of the right foot with the left hand.
  • Exhale and twist the torso to the right, extending the right arm to the right. Gaze over the right shoulder.
  • Breathe while holding the pose.
  • Inhale and carefully untwist and release.
  • Change sides.


  • Keep the lifted leg bent if the hamstrings are tight.

Benefits of Dancing Shiva Pose

  • Strengthens the legs and core
  • Stretches and improves spinal flexibility
  • Opens the hips
  • Tones abdominal organs and improves digestion
  • Energizes the body and mind
  • Improves balance
  • Calms the mind
  • Improves mental focus

Dancing Shiva Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Parivrtta hasta padangusthasana
Pronunciation: par-iv-rit-tah has-tah PAH-DAHN-goosh-TAH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Advanced
Drishti: Parshva (Side)
Pose Type: Balancing, Core, Hip Openers, Standing Poses, Strength, Twists

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