Jathara Parivrtti


Belly Twist

jathara = stomach, belly, abdomen, bowels, or the interior of anything

parivrtti = turning, rolling


To ensure that this twist is evenly distributed throughout the spine, it is important to maintain a neutral spine. This is a challenge with both knees bent because it’s much easier to move into lumbar flexion to deepen the rotation. However, this might put excess pressure into the lumbar vertebrae and discs. If there is a lack of balanced mobility in the spine, excessive force can be directed into vulnerable spots such as the disc between T11 and T12 or the front of the shoulder joint.

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