Revolved Side Angle (Parivrtta Parsvakonasana)

A Pitta Pacifying Yoga Pose
Revolved Side Angle

Begin by standing at the top of your mat and on an exhalation, step the left foot back. The stance is wide and when you extend your arms laterally, your right ankle should be below your right wrist and the left ankle should be below the left wrist. Turn the left foot in about 45 degrees. With the arms extended, inhale fully to expand the side body and exhale as you lunge into the right leg. Bring the right hand to the right hip and raise the left arm overhead. Inhale to find length in the torso and as you exhale begin to twist over to the right. Bring the left elbow across the right thigh. Place the right palm atop the left and press the hands together. Feel free to lift the left heel off the floor. This will encourage a deeper twist and help with balance. Breathe here before alternating sides.

Pitta Focus:

Wringing out your insides. Use the breath to massage the internal organs. Keep the gaze at or below the horizon and focus on how the pose feels internally rather than what it looks like externally.

Benefits:

Detoxifying, aids digestion, builds strength in the legs and rejuvenates the abdomen with a fresh supply of blood.