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Side Angle Pose - "Parsvakonasana"



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Parsvakonasana (Side Angle Pose) strengthens and stretches the groins, legs, knees and ankles as well as the spine, waist, chest and lungs—in other words, just about everything. Paired with deep breathing, it also stimulates your abdominal organs and builds stamina. Side Angle Pose energizes as it grounds you. Most of all, feels great!

Begin by standing on a nonskid mat with your feet a leg-length apart and parallel. Rotate your right leg—the entire right leg, including your foot, lower leg, knee and thigh—out 90 degrees. Rotate the ball of your left foot, shin, knee, thigh and hip inward until your left foot feels solidly rooted.

Raise your arms out in front of you to shoulder level, then extend them straight out from the shoulders. Grounding your left foot, bend your right knee into about a 90-degree angle. Make sure your right knee is directly over your right ankle. If the right knee extends out in front of the ankle, widen your stance until your right shin becomes vertical.

Take a few breaths in Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II). Extend your torso out to the right, and place your right elbow on your right thigh. Extend your left arm over head, alongside your ear, so that your arm stretches from your waist. Take a few breaths in this position. If you like you can try placing your right hand onto a block or on the floor. Only do this if you can maintain deep, full breathing. Take 5 to 10 breaths in Side Angle, then raise up again, turn your feet to parallel and rest in the center for a few breaths. Repeat on the other side.