Revolved abdomen pose (Jathara Parivartanasana) is one you may not be familiar with if you stick with the 26 postures of hot yoga, but it has many benefits. It is an on-your-back floor pose, so you can include it before savasana at the end of your practice.
Benefits of revolved abdomen pose include greater flexibility of your spine and abs, relaxed hips, better circulation and improved digestion. The twist wrings out your internal organs, improving their function, while strengthening your abdominals.
Here’s how you do it:
- Start by lying flat on your back. Draw your knees to your chest then take several even breaths to expand your lower back.
- Stretch your arms out, palms facing the ceiling.
- As you exhale bring your knees down to the right and draw toward your right elbow.
- Activate your extended left arm as a counterbalance to ensure the rotation is happening through your core, rather than you simply rolling onto your side.
- Stay here for five to ten breaths. With each exhale consciously revolve your abdomen to the left, away from your knees. Keep your lower back engaged to deepen the twist.
- Return your knees to centre, swing them to the left, and repeat on the left side.
Afterwards, your core and spine should feel flexible and energised. This is a great posture for end-of-the-day practice to fully revitalise your internal organs and expel tension from the belly and spine.
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