Parsvakonasana

Gestrekte Hoek Houding | Extended Side Angle Pose

  • Opens hips

  • Stimulates digestion

  • Trains thighs, calves, hips and knees

  • Improves balance

Contra-indications:
  • Caution with knee and hip complaints

GETTING INTO THE POSE
  • From tadasana, the right leg takes a big step back, toes to the long side of the mat.

  • Turn the toes of the right foot out to the short side of the mat and bend the right knee until it is above the ankle.

  • Sitting bones move towards the mat, feel the lower abdomen tighten.

  • Legs are active, hips open.

  • Bring the right hand to the mat on the outside of the right foot, use a block if necessary or place the elbow on the thigh.

  • Right arm and leg push against each other.

  • Open the chest, sternum goes towards the sky.

  • Left arm points straight forward and forms a straight line with the back leg.

  • Gaze towards the top hand.

BREATH
  • Inhale: make length between the left foot and the left hand.

  • Exhale: see if you can get deeper into the posture.

  • Inhale: press right arm and leg together and open the chest.

GETTING OUT OF THE POSE
  • Inhale: Push the feet into the mat to raise the upper body and straighten the front knee.

  • Exhale: Step to the front of the mat.

PREPARATORY POSES
SUBSEQUENT POSES
  • Parivrtta Parsvakonasana | Twisted side angle

REPLACEMENT POSES