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Yoga Pose of the Week: Twisting Goddess

Strike a Yoga Pose: Twisting Goddess

After channeling your inner strength with Goddess pose, it's time to try this variation. Not only will it tone your quads, glutes, and core, but it will also increase flexibility in your shoulders.


Sanskrit Name: Parivritta Utkata Konasana
English Translation: Revolved Fierce Angle Pose
Also Called: Revolved Goddess or Twisting Goddess

  • Stand at the top of your mat in Mountain pose.
  • Step open to the right, opening your legs about three feet apart. Turn your heels in.
  • Bend your knees coming into wide squat until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Your knees should be directly over your ankles, so adjust your feet if you need to.
  • When you're ready, lift your arms up, bending your elbows so they are at 90 degree angles, and open your palms away from you, coming into Goddess.

  • Now rest your right elbow on your right thigh and either raise your left arm over your ear, or reach it around your lower back and clasp your fingers around your right inner thigh.
  • Hold here for five deep breaths, gazing over your left shoulder.
  • Then switch sides, resting your left elbow on your left thigh, holding for another five breaths.
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