What is term Lateral rotation, in asana movement?
In yoga, lateral rotation, also known as external rotation, refers to a movement that involves rotating a limb or joint away from the center of the body. This movement is often used in poses such as warrior II (Virabhadrasana II) and chair pose (Utkatasana) to engage and strengthen the muscles of the hips and thighs. Lateral rotation can also be used in poses such as pigeon pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) to stretch the muscles of the outer hip and gluteal area.
For example, in warrior II, the front leg is in a lunge position and the foot is turned outwards, while the back leg is straight and the foot is turned slightly inward, which is a medial rotation of the hip joint. However, the back foot is also turned outward, which is a lateral rotation of the hip joint. This action helps to engage the muscles of the outer thigh and glutes, creating stability and strength in the lower body.
In pigeon pose, the front leg is bent and the foot is placed towards the opposite hip, while the back leg is extended behind the body. Lateral rotation of the front hip helps to stretch the outer hip and gluteal muscles, while also promoting relaxation and release in the hip joint. Proper alignment and awareness of the body during lateral rotation can help to prevent injury and promote balance and strength.