Extended Side Angle Pose
पार्श्वकोणासन / Parśvakoṇāsana
parsva: “side”, “flank”
Parsvakonasana (parsh-wah-cone-AHS-uh-nuh) tones the ankles, knees and thighs, gives a good stretch to the back, while fully opening the chest. It also relieves stiffness in the shoulders and hip joints. Minor deformities in the legs are rectified. This pose improves digestion by increasing peristaltic activity. It also helps reduce fats around the waist and hips.
This pose is a grounding yet energizing pose. This pose has the same energetic benefits as Trikonasana. The practitioner should start developing awareness of the back leg as this will develop better balance in the pose.
Those with headaches and regular migraines should avoid this pose. Those with high blood pressure should not lift their arms up, but keep their palms on their hips. If there is any groin injury take a shorter stance. Those with any neck injuries should refrain from looking upward and should look forward.