How to do a standing twist?

Discover the art of the Standing Twist in our latest blog post. This step-by-step guide helps you master Parivrtta Hasta Padangusthasana, a yoga pose that enhances balance, flexibility, and strength. Perfect for yogis at any level looking to deepen their practice and achieve a healthier, more balanced lifestyle.

Mastering the Art of the Standing Twist: A Step-by-Step Guide

Welcome to our latest blog post where we dive into the world of yoga and explore the Standing Twist (Parivrtta Hasta Padangusthasana). This pose is a fantastic way to enhance your practice, offering a blend of balance, strength, and flexibility. Let's break down this pose into simple steps so you can incorporate it into your routine and reap its many benefits.

Step 1: Establish Your Foundation

Start in Tadasana (Mountain Pose):

  • Stand with your feet firmly planted on the ground.
  • Engage your thighs and lift your body tall from the hips.
  • Gently lower your shoulders away from your ears, creating a sense of space.
  • Take a moment to connect with your breath and prepare for the pose.

Step 2: Prepare for the Twist

Shift and Balance:

  • Transfer your weight onto your right leg.
  • Press your foot into the ground, and simultaneously stretch upwards, creating length from your tailbone to the crown of your head.
  • Gently scoop your lower belly in and up in a subtle J-like motion.
  • Lift your left knee, forming an L shape with your leg, thigh parallel to the floor.
  • Flex your left foot, keeping it active and engaged.

Step 3: Execute the Twist

Twist and Extend:

  • Inhale and reach your right arm up, elongating your spine.
  • Exhale and place your right hand on the outside of your left knee, maintaining a steady gaze forward.
  • Inhale again, lengthening your back and slightly engaging your abs for stability.
  • As you exhale, begin to twist your torso towards the bent leg, keeping your hips square.
  • Visualize a beam of light from your waist, guiding your twist.
  • Inhale to find steadiness, then exhale and slowly turn your head to look behind you.
  • If balanced, extend your left arm back, or if flexible, hold the outside of your right foot and extend the leg straight.

Tips for Success:

  • Balance poses like the Standing Twist require patience. If you lose balance, calmly reset and try again.
  • Practice consistently to deepen the pose and experience its full range of benefits, from detoxifying effects to strengthening your legs.


The Standing Twist is more than just a physical pose; it's a journey towards a healthier, more balanced you. Each practice brings new insights and challenges, but also a sense of achievement and joy. Embrace this journey, and watch as your body and mind transform. Happy twisting!

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