Parivrtta anjaneyasana (par-ee-VRT-tah Aan-jha-nay-AHS-anna) is a twisted variation of lunge pose with several modifications and variations that develops stamina while improving your balance.
Begin in a lunge with your right foot forward. Bring your palms together at heart center.
With your left knee lifted, push your left heel back and reach the crown of your head forwards to lengthen your spine and side body.
On an exhale, twist towards your right leg to place your left tricep on your right thigh. Bring your torso as close to your leg as possible.
Press your palms together to engage your arms. Turn your chest in the direction of the ceiling and shift your gaze upwards over your right shoulder.
Stay here, or extend your left fingertips down to the ground on the outside of your right leg, and reach your right fingertips up the ceiling.
Stay for up to one minute. To release the pose, unwind and place your hands down on the mat, then step back to table top or down dog. Repeat on the other side.
Parivrtta anjaneyasana is believed to activate the third chakra, or manipura. This chakra is the body’s center of energy and vitality. It is a source of confidence, internal strength, and courage, and activating the manipura chakra through this pose can shield against fear and insecurity.