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Jaṭhara Parivartanāsana

Name of contributor: Meg Laing

Sections: Asana and Pranayama Syllabus 4.2, 4.3

Jaṭhara Parivartanāsana

This is the third in what seems to have become a series – after Utkatāsana and Gomukhāsana – of pieces on asanas that may not be part of everyone’s regular practice. Jaṭhara Parivartanāsana, like the other two, is not a pose that we can sustain comfortably for a long time. So it is not one that easily enables experimentation and study about our embodiment of body, mind and breath. But it too, once discovered and understood, can bring new insights and depth into our learning, and become a much-loved favourite quite quickly. Unfortunately, it can also remain for many a bit of a Cinderella pose, attempted occasionally as a duty rather than as a rich source of discovery. Unlike Uṭkatāsana and Gomukhāsana, Jaṭhara Parivartanāsana is not on the new Level 1 syllabus but appears at Level 2. So, for mentors it will be something to explore, specifically for teaching, only with your mentees, not your trainees. But trainees should certainly be encouraged to have it as part of their own practice, and can of course be taught it, so this piece is for all levels of mentoring.

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