31 Days of Yoga – Extended Side Angle (Utthita Parsvakonasana)

Welcome to day 29! Woot-Woot. Today we will learn the Extended Side Angle Pose. This pose stretches the sides and helps with flexibility. It’s also a little break after yesterday’s boat pose.

To perform: Begin in mountain pose. Exhale. Put your left foot towards the back of the mat. Keep your front foot near the top. Extend your arms out horizontally, palms down. Turn your right heel toward the center of your mat. Bend your right knee forming a right angle with your thigh parallel to the floor. Put your right arm on your right thigh, palm up facing the ceiling. A yoga block can be used under the hand if it is more comfortable. Keep shoulder up and engage abdominals. Raise your left arm up extending it over the ear. Open your chest. Align your left shoulder over your right shoulder. Look up at your left hand. Inhale and extend arms wide. Hold for 30 seconds. Slowly return to mountain pose. Repeat on other side.

Benefits of Extended Side Angle Pose:

  • Joint flexibility
  • Strengthens legs
  • Reduces back pain
  • Opens chest & shoulders
  • Improves sciatia
  • Tones muscles

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