Belly-revolving pose (Jathara Parivartanasana)
The Sanskrit word “Jathara” means abdomen or belly and “Parivartanasana” denotes twisting, revolving, turning through or about. Hence the literal meaning of the term is twisting belly.
Benefits of the Belly-revolving pose (Jathara Parivartanasana):
Jathara Parivartanasana brings flexibility and elasticity to the spine and releases tension in the lower back and hips. This asana improves digestion, promotes better circulation, and reduces fatigue and stiffness in the hips. Jathara Parivartanasana also is beneficial for person suffering with headaches.
How to perform the Belly-revolving pose (Jathara Parivartanasana):
- Start the asana with lying on your back on the floor; now bring your arms out to the sides with the palms facing down. Bend both knees into the chest.
- Breathe out and drop both knees over to the left side of your body, twisting the spine and low back. Slide the knees as close to the left arm as possible and look at the right finger tips.
- Keep the shoulders flat to the floor, close the eyes, and relax. Breathe and hold the posture for 6-10 breaths.
- Now breathe out and release the posture while rolling the hips back to the floor.
- Repeat the same on other side.
Duration and repetition of the Belly-revolving pose (Jathara Parivartanasana):
Hold the asana for 6-10 breaths and repeat the other side.
Difficulty Level and Advancement of the Belly-revolving pose (Jathara Parivartanasana):
Jathara Parivartanasana is a difficulty level 2 asana recommended for beginners.