jathara parivartanasana - spinal twist yoga pose
What is Jathara parivartanasana ?
To the know the meaning of this posture we must split the three sanskrit words.
Jathara is the Stomach, parivartana is revolved and asana is posture. This posture tones the spinal column and removes the stiffness in the spine and shoulders.
This is a supine posture which should be done on a Yoga mat after the body had been warmed up adequately. This is usually practiced as a finishing series. Jathara parivartanasana is one if the deep spinal twist posture.
Targeted body parts : Abdomen, lower back, glutes, hamstrings.
How to do Jathara parivarthanasana.
Start by lying down on your back with your legs stretched out on the floor
Place your hands in line with the shoulders, both arms must be in a straight line and palms facing down on the floor for support
Inhale, raise your right leg perpendicular to the floor, your foot must be facing the ceiling and keep it as straight as possible.
Exhale drop your right leg towards left on the floor keeping it straight and simultaneously twist your trunk and neck towards right. Be sure to lower it with control rather than just letting it drop with gravity as this may strain your back.
Stay in this position for half a minute to 1 minute.
Release the posture and come back to position 1.
Repeat the same sequence on other side for equal length of time.
Benefits of Jathara parivartanasana:
This Asana is good for reducing excess fat around abdomen.
It tones and stimulates the vital organs of abdomen like spleen, liver and pancreas
Jathara parivartanasana is recommended for Gastritis
It helps to relieve sprains and catches in the lower back and the hip region.
People suffering from severe backache must avoid and do this only under supervision by experienced yoga teacher.
Those undergone abdominal surgery must avoid this posture.