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Jathara Parivartanasana

Supine Twist (literally. Revolved Abdomen Pose)

"I open to the flow of God's life within me."

la-tha-ra Pa-ri-var-ta-naa-sa-na Jathara = abdomen, belly, stomach;

parivartana = turning around


From savasana, bend your left knee and slide the foot toward your buttocks. Press the foot into the floor to lift and move your buttocks 4-6 inches to the left, shifting your weight onto the right buttock. Place the sole of your left foot on top of your right thigh/ just above the knee. Extend your left arm along the floor directly to your left, palm facing up, and bring your right hand to the top of your left knee. Inhale and lengthen your spine, then as you exhale, begin to rotate the left side of your pelvis around toward the right. Continue inhaling and lengthening, exhaling and rotating, always keeping your left shoulder on the floor. Feel the twist move farther and farther up your spine. Finally, lift your head slightly and rotate it to gaze out over your outstretched left arm, then place the rotated head back on the floor.

Breathe smoothly and naturally as you hold the pose, lengthening and opening more and more through your entire spine. Mentally affirm, "I open to the flow of God's life within me." To exit, rotate your head back to center, inhale and lengthen your spine, then as you exhale, rotate the lower body back to center once again. Slide your buttocks back to center and extend your left leg on the floor, corning into savasana.

Pause to integrate the effects of the pose/then repeat to the other side.