There are many yoga twists that help detoxify your internal organs and keep your spine supple and flexible. There is one twist in particular that fully rotates your spine from top to bottom. Best yet, this pose uses gravity to accomplish this feat. Parivrtta Virabhadrasana (Revolved Warrior, otherwise known as Fallen Warrior) is a unique pose to incorporate into your flow, or a cool way to wind down your practice before Sivasana.
Yoga Teddy Bear creator K. Mae Copham shows the steps to get into and out of Fallen Warrior in a video on the Yoga Teddy Bear YouTube channel. To try it, begin in Downward Dog. Lift one leg up, then bring your knee toward your opposite elbow and kick your leg out to the side. Slide your feet apart in an “L” shape and lower to your hip. Bend your elbows and bring your belly and chin to the ground with your arms stretched out to your sides. Your leg is under your body. Keep your chest flat on the floor and turn your head to look away from your outstretched leg. Relax for a while before you press up to your arms and reverse the steps to come out of the pose.
Special thanks to Robert Oakley for shooting our short how-to video. Happy 4thof July, U.S.A.! Namaste.
Images: Fallen Warrior Coloring Page by coloring superstar Miss Michele Palumbo of Bay Shore, NY, from Yoga Teddy Bear's Big Little Coloring Book of 108 Poses. On sale now with free shipping! Add a cuddly Plush Teddy Bear for only $12. Photo by Robert Oakley of a young Yoga Teddy Bear practitioner in Fallen Warrior. Video of K. Mae Copham demonstrating Fallen Warrior by Robert Oakley.