Thursday, 24 November 2016

Extended Side Angle Pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana)




Stretches the groin, spine, waist, chest, lungs and shoulders
Strengthens and stretches the legs, knees and ankles
Stimulates abdominal organs
Increases stamina
Eases symptoms of sciatica and menstrual discomfort

* Should not be practiced in case of headache, high or low blood pressure or insomnia

We begin in Warrior 2.  From here, take the torso forward bringing your front elbow onto the knee and the back arm overheard forming a diagonal line from fingertips to ankle.  Energise the arm by reaching through the fingertips of your top arm.  Energise the extended leg by pressing through the outside edge of the foot.  Find as much length from hand to foot as possible.

To release from the pose inhale and lift the torso, and exhale back to Warrior 2.  Inhale and straighten the leg, exhale and release the arms.  Then change the position of the feet to repeat on the other side.

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