Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose)

English Name(s)
Parsvakonasana
Extended Side Angle Pose
Sanskrit
पार्श्वकोणासन / Parśvakoṇāsana
Pronunciation
parsh-wah-cone-AHS-uh-nuh
Meaning
parsva: “side”, “flank”
kona: “angle”
āsana: “posture”

Physical Benefits

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.

Energetic Benefits

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.

Contraindications

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.

Going into the Pose

Meera Watts
Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur, and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, Yoganonymous, OMtimes, and others. She’s also the founder and owner of Siddhi Yoga International, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential trainings in India (Rishikesh, Goa, and Dharamshala), Indonesia (Bali), and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur).

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