Extended Side Angle Pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana) – Learn How To Practice This Asana In 3 Easy Steps



EXTENDED SIDE ANGLE POSE

Sanskrit Name – Utthita Parsvakonasana

Sanskrit Name Meaning – UtthitaExtended, Parsva – Side, Kona – Angle, Asana - Pose

Type of Asana – Standing Yoga Pose

Target Areas – Core, Back, Arms and Legs


WHAT IS EXTENDED SIDE ANGLE POSE (UTTHITA PARSVAKONASANA)?


Extended Side Angle Pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana) is an excellent standing pose that lengthens your side body from your heel to your fingertips. It stimulates your abdominal organs and strengthens your legs, arms and core muscles.


DO NOT PRACTICE EXTENDED SIDE ANGLE POSE (UTTHITA PARSVAKONASANA) IF:


  1. You suffer from migraines

  2. You have low or high blood pressure

  3. You have a neck injury – you can practice the pose but gaze straight ahead or downwards instead of upwards


BENEFITS OF EXTENDED SIDE ANGLE POSE (UTTHITA PARSVAKONASANA)


  1. Stimulates abdominal organs and helps with digestion

  2. Strengthens core muscles, back, arms and legs

  3. Stretches chest, lungs, waist and shoulders

  4. Increases stamina

  5. Helps alleviate menstrual discomfort


HOW TO PRACTICE EXTENDED SIDE ANGLE POSE (UTTHITA PARSVAKONASANA) IN 3 EASY STEPS


  1. Stand in Mountain Pose (Tadasana). Exhale and step your feet in a wide parallel stance (whatever feels comfortable for you). Raise your arms straight up to the sky, actively reach them out to the sides, keep your chest out and shoulders back. Your palms should face the ground. Make sure your heels are aligned, turn your right thigh outwards and bend your knee. The centre of your right kneecap should align with the centre of your left heel. Keep your left leg straight.

  2. Lower your right hand in front of your right foot. Raise your left arm overhead and lengthen the entire left side of your body. Gaze upwards towards your extended arm.

  3. Repeat on the other side.


PREPARATORY POSES


Downward Facing Dog Pose - Adho Mukha Svanasana


Reclining Bound Angle Pose - Supta Baddha Konasana


Wide Legged Standing Forward Bend - Prasarita Padottanasana


Accomplished Pose / Perfect Pose – Siddhasana


Reclining Hero Pose – Supta Virasana


Reclining Hand to Big Toe Pose - Supta Padangusthasana


Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend - Upavistha Konasana


Extended Triangle Pose - Utthita Trikonasana


Warrior II Pose - Virabhadrasana II


Hero Pose – Virasana


FOLLOW UP POSES


Bound Angle Pose / Butterfly Pose / Cobbler’s Pose - Baddha Konasana


Garland Pose - Malasana


Crow Pose - Bakasana



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