Yoga Poses

EXTENDED SIDE ANGLE POSE – UTTHITA PARSVAKONASANA


parsvakonasana
BENEFITS

  • Strengthens your thighs, hips, knees, and ankles.
  • Stretches your groin, back, spine, waist, ankles, lungs (intercostals) and shoulders.
  • Massages and stimulates your abdominal organs.
  • Increases endurance and stamina.

CAUTIONS

  • High or low blood pressure
  • Knee injuries
  • Headache
  • Insomia
  • Neck Problems – Keep your gaze in the same direction as the heart center or gaze down to the floor allowing your neck to be even on both sides.

MODIFICATIONS

  • For an increased stretch to your groin, perform this pose with the lower arm in front of the bent-knee thigh. As your fingertips or hand connect with the floor, bring the back of your right shoulder against the inner knee so that your shoulder can firmly press into the knee.
  • For Beginners – Instead of placing the hand on the floor, rest your forearm on the top of your bent-knee thigh. Avoid resting on the thigh and collapsing into the right shoulder. Encourage the length to move between right shoulder and neck and to lightly lift the upper body weight away from the bent-knee thigh. Beginners may also place a block under the hand as a guide.
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