Utthita Parsvakonasana, or extended side angle pose, is a liberating pose in yoga that opens up the side body. Here we will discuss how to find the most appropriate place in the pose & why we love this asana!
Pose Overview: Utthita Pasrvakonasana
Pronunciation: oo-TEE-tah parsh-vah-cone-AHS-anna
utthita = extended; parsva = side, flank; kona = angle; asana = pose
Strengthens: Leg, Knee, Ankle
Stretches: Leg, Shoulder, Knee, Abdomen, Vertebral column, Thorax, Ankle, Groin, Lungs
To get into the pose:
What to avoid:
Parsvakonasana can open the body in new ways. Feel the intense stretch through the side body as well as in the hips, legs, and spine. Remember to keep the breath smooth and even throughout the pose. As you steady your breathing, feel steadiness increasing in body and mind, as well. By practicing challenging poses this way, you will deepen your awareness of the way yoga unites body, mind, and spirit. (This pose can also be good for providing sciatica relief!)
Check back next week for a new pose breakdown! & feel free to post a picture of you in the pose to our facebook group here.
Please keep in mind that yoga is best practiced under the supervision of a qualified instructor. Depending on your specific conditions, you might prefer to talk to your primary care doctor before beginning a yoga routine. I am here to answer any questions you may have but remember to trust yourself & your body.
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