Side angle pose

Parsvakonasana

  • Stand with the feet wider than shoulder width apart and keep the legs straight.
  • Turn the right foot out to the right 90 degrees and left foot in 45 to 60 degrees.
  • Roll the right thigh outward, so that the center of the right knee cap is in line with the center of the right ankle.
  • Reach the arms actively out to the sides of the body at shoulder height.
  • Bend the right knee over the right ankle, so that the shin is perpendicular to the floor. Work towards having the thigh parallel to the floor.
  • Bend from the hip joint and extend the torso to the right directly over the right leg.
  • Rotate the torso to the left and keep the two sides of the waist equally long.
  • Rest the right hand on the shin, ankle or the floor.
  • Stretch the left arm towards the ceiling.
  • Keep the head in a neutral position or turn it to gaze at the left arm.
  • Stay in this pose for up to 1 minute.
  • To release, press the back heel into the floor and reach the torso up to the centre then straighten the bent knee.
  • Reverse the feet and repeat for the same duration to the left.
  • Practice up to 5 rounds.

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