Jathara parivartanasana¬†(pronounced JAT-hara par-ee-var-TANAS-ana) is a supported pose because you will be on your back. The pose tones the abdomen, relieves lower back strain, and releases toxins stored in organs of the lower torso. Do this pose to center yourself. The term “jathara” means belly or interior.

How to Practice

Lie flat on the floor with your arms out like wings from your sides, palms flat on the floor. Lift and tuck your legs towards the chest, stopping when the lower legs are horizontal with the floor. It’s really a half-tuck. Gently turn your head to the left while you let both legs fall to the right. Feel the twist in your abdomen while maintaining both shoulders in contact with the floor. To feel the stretch more fully, bring the knees up towards the right arm. Return to center and repeat on the other side. After doing this pose, repeat with the legs stretched out fully, not bent at the knees.

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