Lean Back: Revolved Side Angle Pose

Sometimes you have to go off balance to be in balance.

Revolved Side Angle Pose (Parivrtta Parsvakonasana)
Revolved Side Angle Pose (Parivrtta Parsvakonasana). Courtesy of yogajournal.com

Revolved Side Angle Pose. It’s a tough one, right? You’re trying to keep your balance, and you’re all twisted around…the temptation is to round your shoulders, crunch in, and protect yourself from falling. It’s understandable that you’d fear falling…your body is not used to being in such a precarious position!

But what if you press your belly to your spine, feel your tailbone lengthen towards your feet, and envision your breath filling up your side body and back? Rather than bringing your off center, these motions help you bring integrity and strength to the pose. Even though it seems further off balance, you actually get stronger and feel more secure in the position. Crazy right?

Reminds me of the work of Brene Brown. Continue reading…


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