Parsva means the side or flank. In Parsva Pindasana in Sarvangasana, both the bent knees are moved sideways and placed on the floor on the same side of the trunk. This is the lateral embryo pose in Sarvangasana.

Parsva Pindasana in Sarvangasana

Technique

  1. After releasing the handclasp from Pindasana bring the hands back and place the palms at the back of the ribs.
  2. Turn the hips sideways to the right, exhale and lower both knees to the floor. The left knee should be by the side of the right ear.
  3. The left shoulder will be raised off the floor in the beginning. Push the shoulder against the floor and press the left hand firmly against the back. If this is not done, you will lose balance and roll over to one side.
  4. Due to the lateral twist, breathing will be fast and difficult as the diaphragm is pressed in this position.
  5. The knee near the ear will not rest on the floor to start with, but only after long practice.
  6. Stay in this position for 20 to 30 seconds, with normal breathing.
  7. Exhale, come up from the right side and move the crossed legs over to the left, so that the left foot will be near the left ear. Stay here also for the same length of time.
  8. Go back to Urdhva Padmasana. Release the lotus pose by uncrossing the legs and return to Salamba Sarvangasana.
  9. Now change the position of the crossed legs. Cross the legs again by putting the left foot over the right thigh first and then the right foot over the left thigh instead of the other way as done earlier.
  10. Repeat the movements again on both the sides as described earlier.

Effects of Urdhva Padmasana and Parsva Pindasana movements in Sarvangasana

The change of crossing the legs brings equal pressure on both sides of the abdomen and colon and relieves constipation. For those suffering from chronic constipation a longer stay in Parsva Pindasana is recommended, and one minute on each side will prove most efficacious. Griping pain in the stomach is relieved by these poses. Persons with extremely flexible knees can easily perform these positions. It is, however, difficult for many people to cross the legs in Padmasana. For them a longer stay in Parsva Halasana (there also the spine and trunk get a lateral twist but the legs remain straight) is recommended. In all these positions breathing at first will be fast and laboured. Try to maintain normal breathing.

Note

The spine is given the forward, lateral and backward movements in these variations of Sarvangasana. In Halasana, Eka Pada Sarvangasana, Karna Pidasana and Pindasana the spine moves in the forward direction. In Parsvaika Pada Sarvanga, Parsva Halasana and Parsva Pindasana the spine moves laterally, as in Parsva Sarvangasana and in Parsva Urdhva Padmasana. In Setu Bandha and Uttana Padma Mayura it is given a backward movement. These movements tone the spine on all sides and keep it healthy.

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