Extended Side Angle Pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana) is our pose of the week. The name is derived from the Sanskrit “utthita” meaning extended, “parsva” meaning side, “kona” meaning angle and “asana” meaning pose.
How to do Extended Side Angle Pose
- Place right foot in middle of the mat pointing forward, left foot in line with the back foot, toes pointing towards the side of the mat
- Bend the front knee in line with the ankle
- Place the right forearm on the top of the right knee, very lightly engaging the core muscles to hover
- Reach up towards the ceiling with the left arm, opening the hand wide
- Open the chest towards the side and roll both shoulders back and down away from the ears
Benefits of Extended Side Angle Pose:
This pose is great to build strength in the inner tights, create muscle in the quads, open the hips and wake up the core.
At the same time we get a “feel good” stretch on the side of the body and an amazing opening of the chest.