What is Pelican Pose?
Pelican pose, a one-legged variation of parivrtta utkatasana, develops leg and core strength. From revolved chair, the yogi lifts one foot from the floor in a balancing twist.
- Begin in chair pose, hands pressed together in prayer.
- Exhale and twist the torso to the right. Press the left elbow against the outer right thigh.
- Inhale and pick the left foot up from the floor, raising it in line with the knee.
- Breathe while holding the pose.
- Change sides.
- Avoid if there is high blood pressure.
Benefits of Pelican Pose
- Strengthens the quadriceps, core, hamstrings and glutes
- Strengthens and stabilizes the knees and ankles
- Stretches the shoulders and wrists
- Promotes physical and mental balance
- Improves focus and concentration
- Improves spinal rotation
- Improves digestion and stimulates the internal organs
Pelican Pose Details
- Sanskrit Name
- Parivrtta utkatasana
- par-iv-rit-tah oot-kah-TAH-sah-nah
- Pose Level
- Parshva (Side)
- Pose Type
- Balancing, Core, Standing Poses, Strength, Twists