July 27, 2010

Side-Angle Pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana)

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:40 pm by DivineShantiYoga

Side-Angle Pose is a feel-good hip and heart opener that has many other physical benefits too. Some of those include: strengthening and stretching the legs and ankles, and stretching the groins, chest, lungs and shoulders. The abdominal organs are stimulated here and the core is turned on. Side-Angle Pose increases stamina, relieves backache and is therapeutic for carpal tunnel syndrome, flat feet, infertility, osteoporosis, and sciatica.

In every yoga pose, we are mindful of contraindications, cautions and keep in mind that our practice will be different from day to day. So, do not practice Side-Angle if you are experiencing diarrhea or high blood pressure. Be aware of the neck, and if you are having neck problems, don’t turn your head to look over the front hand; continue to look straight ahead with both sides of the neck lengthened evenly.

Being mindful in your practice, means flowing through with acceptance and grace, allowing for limitations to give you information about your body in that particular moment. Simply be aware of what new sensations arrive here, in this moment and have a sense of gratitude for being on your mat.

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