Revolved Downward-Facing Dog Pose

Parivrtta Adho Mukha Svanasana

What is Revolved Downward-Facing Dog Pose?

Revolved downward-facing dog pose, or parivrtta adho mukha svanasana in Sanskrit, is a challenging variation of its starting posture, downward-facing dog pose. In this variation, the yogi brings one hand to the opposite ankle and twists in the same direction. Along with a deep stretch, the pose brings energy to the mind.


  • Begin in downward-facing dog pose.
  • Inhale, then exhale and bring your left hand to your right ankle.
  • Hold for several breaths.
  • Inhale and return to downward-facing dog pose.
  • Exhale and bring your right hand to your left ankle.
  • Hold for several breaths.


  • Avoid if you have high blood pressure

Benefits of Revolved Downward-Facing Dog Pose

  • Deeply stretches the hamstrings
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs
  • Relieves fatigue and energizes the body
  • Relieves stress
  • Relieves headaches

Revolved Downward-Facing Dog Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Parivrtta Adho Mukha Svanasana
Pronunciation: par-iv-rt-tah ah-doh moo-kah SVAH-NAH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Intermediate
Drishti: Nasagre (Tip of the nose)
Pose Type: Balancing, Forward Bends, Inversions, Twists

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