In this yoga tutorial, we will be discussing how to do parsvakonasana (extended side angle pose). This is a great pose for beginners because it helps to stretch the entire body. It also helps to improve flexibility and balance. This standing pose builds a sense of foundation through the centerline of your body. It energizes the whole spine and is wonderfully therapeutic.
The best part about this pose is that it can be done virtually anywhere! All you need is a little bit of space to extend your arms and legs. Before we get started let’s look at some of the benefits of parsvakonasana.
Benefits of parsvakonasana:
- Stretches the entire side body
- Stretches the groin and hamstring muscles
- Improves general flexibility
- Tones the thighs
- Builds balance and stability
- Strengthens the ankles
- Strengthens the core
- Energizes the spine
- Therapeutic for the whole body
Contraindications for parsvakonasana:
There are a few contraindications for Parsvakonasana. Pregnant women should avoid this pose, as well as people who have knee injuries. Those with high blood pressure or migraine headaches should also avoid this pose.
Now that we know a little bit about the benefits and contraindications of Parsvakonasana, let’s get started!
Start in mountain pose. Stand with your feet together, legs straight, and arms by your sides. Take a deep breath in.
As you exhale, step your left foot back about four feet, then angle your left foot out to the side at a 45-degree angle.
Bend your right knee. Stack your knee over your ankle. Don’t allow your knee to jut out beyond your toes. Ideally, you want your thigh to be parallel to the floor.
Place your right forearm on your right thigh.
Reach your left arm up by your ear.
Your left leg is straight. Try to make a straight line from your left fingertips all the way down to your left foot.
Your chest is open. Her shoulders are down your back. You’re strong through the legs.
Look up at your left hand and hold for five breaths.
I To come out of the pose, inhale and return to mountain pose. Step back to the left foot, and then repeat on the other side.
That’s how you do Parsvakonasana! This pose is a great way to improve your balance and flexibility. It also helps to stretch the entire body. Watch this video with Kino to find out more about the pose.