Parsva virasana (Side twist in the hero yoga pose) – 7 benefits

What is Parsva virasana (Side twist in the hero yoga pose)

This asana vigorously stretches the sides of your waist and back, improving blood circulation in the spinal area, and making the shoulders and neck more flexible.
Parsva means “side” or “flank” in Sanskrit, while vira translates as “hero.”

What are the benefits of Parsva virasana

  1. Improves digestion and cures flatulence by exercising the abdominal muscles
  2. Relieves lower backaches
  3. alleviates gout, rheumatism, and inflammation of the knees
  4. lessens stiffness in the hip joints, and makes the hamstrings supple
  5. Reduces pain in the calves, ankles, and heels
  6. Strengthens the arches of the feet and corrects flat feet or calcaneal spurs
  7. Releases a catch or sprain in the shoulders and neck

Contraindications and Cautions

Avoid this asana if you have

  • migraines
  • headaches
  • severe eye strain
  • bronchitis
  • cold and congestion in the chest
  • diarrhea
  • If you are prone to depression, extreme fatigue, or insomnia


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