Revolved Abdomen Twist (Jatharaparivartanasana) with Blocks

Revolved Abdomen Twist is a great relaxed pose and helps to release the lower back, relieving pain and tension in an often troubled zone.

It opens tight shoulders and stretches the muscles that support the spinal cord, essentially helping with any types of back pain students may experience. As with any twist it can help to improve digestion, and also helps to reduce anxiety and relax the mind.

Modifying the pose by adding blocks is helpful for students who may have limited hip flexibility.

Revolved Abdomen Twist with Blocks: How to Do it Step-by-Step

Step 1

Begin by lying on your back with your knees bent. Draw both knees into your chest and place one block on its narrow width between the knees and lower thighs. Place another block between your feet, gently squeezing both blocks.

Step 2

Extend your arms into a T-shape with the palms up. Drop both knees to the left until they rest on the floor, keeping both shoulders on the mat. If it’s comfortable for your neck, turn your head and gaze away from your knees.

Step 3

Stay here for a full minute before coming back to the center and repeating on the other side.

Tip: Place another block beneath the knees if they don’t reach the floor.