Breaking Down the Pose – Parivrtta Anjaneyasana (Revolved Lunge)

Have you ever been telling your friend about a yoga class you took and been annoyed when their response was “I just don’t think yoga is a real workout”. Well so have we, and we 100% attribute it to people not fully understanding the small intricate movements that force them to work a lot harder in each pose.

Our yoga pose breakdown series shows a visual of the big cues you should be focusing on, as well as highlighting the benefits and risks of the featured poses. Feel free to share with your skeptical friends to help them advance their own yoga practices.

Parivrtta Anjaneyasana Revolved Lunge Yoga Pose Melanie Lora Meltzer Fluid Frame Photography

Revolved lunge is a pose that is often worked into strong vinyasa flow practice  Whether you are in a beginners yoga class or have a more advanced practice a revolved lunge will make its way into your sequence. The pose we are showing is one of the modifications we often offer beginners. By placing the knee down, you are able to access the twist without having to worry so much about balancing.

Revolved lunge strengthens the quadriceps and gluteus muscles, while the twisting stimulates the abdominal organs and improves digestion. We find a lot of instructors incorporate twisting into their sequences in the summer months as it aids in detoxification.

The lower part of the body is in the lunge position, with the front knee directly over the ankle. The hips should be square to the front of the room, scissoring the inner thighs to help with the alignment of the hips and create stability in the pose.  The hands are in the prayer position and your lower tricep is pressing into the thigh.

Common mistakes we see  in both beginner yoga classes and advanced classes is the twist coming from the lower back instead of the torso. This action comes from spinning the bottom ribs down and forward, and spinning the top ribs back until the belly and sternum face the side wall.

Check out how this pose is sequenced in Mia’s online yoga class.

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