Parsva Kukkutasana – Parsva means side, flank or oblique. Kukkuta means a cock.

Parsva Kukkutasana

Technique

  1. Perform Salamba Sirshasana II.
  2. Move into Padmasana by placing first the right foot on the root of the left thigh and then the left foot at the root of the right thigh. After securing steadiness, exhale, turn the trunk to the right and lower the legs so that the left thigh rests on the back of the upper right arm. Secure this position and balance for some time with even but fast breathing due to the lateral twist of the trunk.
  3. The pose is a difficult one, the hardest part being to place the thigh on the opposite hand. In the beginning one finds it difficult to balance while securing the proper placing of the thigh and one often sits down on the floor with a hard bump.
  4. Exhale, press the hands firmly on the ground, raise the head from the floor and pull the trunk. Stretch and straighten the arms and lift up the buttocks. Extend the neck forwards and hold the head up as high as possible.
  5. This is the final position. Balance the body on the hands for a few seconds as long as you can. Greater strain will be felt on the left arm which is apparently free.
  6. Exhale, bend the elbows, lower the head to the floor and go up again to Sirshasana II. Then release the foot lock of Padmasana.
  7. Rest for a while in Sirshasana. Move into Padmasana again, this time by placing first the left foot at the root of the right thigh and then the right foot at the root of the left thigh. Then repeat the pose on the left side. Here the right thigh will rest on the back of the upper left arm. While balancing the body on the left side it is necessary to change the position of the legs in Padmasana. If they are not changed, it is extremely difficult to rest the thigh on the back of the opposite upper arm.
  8. Stay for the same length of time on both sides.
  9. After perfecting the positions as explained above in paras 4 and 7 an attempt may be made, without releasing the foot lock in para. 6, to turn the body to the left, rest the right thigh on the upper left arm, raise the head from the floor and balance.
  10. Go back to Sirshasana II. Then after completing the pose from para. 7 without changing the crossed leg by turning the body to the right, attempt to place the left thigh on the upper right arm, raise the head from the floor and balance.
  11. Hold the pose for the same length of time on all occasions. Then go back to Sirshasana II, lower the legs to the floor and relax. Or perform Urdhva Dhanurasana and then stand up in Tadasana. When one has mastered Viparita Chakrasana this is an exhilarating exercise after practising Urdhva Dhanurasana.

Effects of Parsva Kukkutasana

In addition to the benefit one secures from Urdhva Kukkutasana, in Parsva Kukkutasana the spine receives a lateral twist and is toned. The chest, arms and the abdominal muscles and organs become stronger and vital power increases.

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