Parivrtta Parsvakonasana aka ‘revolved extended side angle pose’ is a standing posture with a deep spinal twist and it is one of the opening positions in the Prana Vashya™ Primary Series.
How to get into the position
Starting from standing position at the top of your mat, turn to the right and step your feet apart by about 4 feet with your arms outstretched parallel to the floor; palms down. Inhale and turn your left foot in by about 45 degrees and your right foot out to 90 degrees - align the right heel with the left heel (however, if you are a beginner then it can help to have your feet waist width apart to assist with your balance) - and bend the right knee.
Then twist your torso to take your left elbow to your right thigh and bind your arms (left arm below by your knee, and right arm behind your back). If you are struggling to bind, then alternatively, you can join your hand in pray position (as pictured below).
Hold Parivrtta Parsvakonasana for five full breaths. On every inhalation, lift your chest above your thigh and with every exhalation try to turn your chest further to towards the sky.
Strengthens and stretches the legs, knees, and ankles.
Stretches the groins, spine, chest and lungs, and shoulders.
Stimulates abdominal organs.
Improves digestion and aids elimination.
Avoid this posture if you have high blood pressure or you are pregnant.