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Utthita Parsvakonasana – Extended Side Angle Pose

Utthita parsvakonasana, or extended side angle pose, is a beginner level position that aims to stretch your knees, shoulders, legs, spine, thorax, ankles, abdomen, lungs and groin.

 

The health benefits associated with utthita parsvakonasana includes strengthening your ankles, knees, shoulders and legs.

 

However, if you have recently suffered from any shoulder, hip or knee injuries then you should always consult a doctor before attempting the position. If possible, always arrange to learn this position under the supervision of an experienced teacher.

 

Instructions for Utthita Parsvakonasana
  • Begin the Extended Side Angle pose by standing in the Warrior Pose (Virabhadrasana). Lower the right arm so that the elbow is resting on the right knee
  • Raise the left arm up over the head while inhaling. Your hand should be pointing in a vertical line up towards the ceiling
  • Exhale, and further lower the left arm so it is extended over the ear
  • Lower your hips into a deeper right lunge position. Make sure to keep the knee in line with the ankle. Hold this position for 20-30 seconds whilst maintaining deep breathing
  • Slowly resume the Warrior Pose whilst exhaling
  • Repeat this on each side of the body 3-5 times

 

Required Preparatory Poses 

 

Follow-Up Poses Include:

 

Synonyms of Utthita Parsvakonasana: Parsvakonasana
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