One of my favorite poses is Side Angle Pose or Utthita Parsvakonasana.
This beautiful asana uses many different major muscle groups to perform and has many wonderful benefits.
HOW TO DO THE POSE
Begin in Warrior II with your right knee bent. Bring your right elbow down to meet your right knee. Inhale and sweep the left arm up towards the ceiling and exhale as you carry your arm over your left ear.
Ensure your right knee is stacked over your ankles, and then gentle lower your hips down toward the earth. If it feels comfortable to do so, turn your face to gaze lovingly toward the sky.
Hold the pose as you breathe deeply for 3-6 full breaths.
To switch sides inhale and sweep the left arm back up into warrior II. Reposition the feet so your left toe points to your left and the edge of your right foot is parallel to the short edge of your mat.
Repeat Instructions 1-3.
Stimulates the abdominal organs
Strengthens the legs
Stretches the side back (flank)
Opens the chest
Strengthens the knees and ankles
Stretches groins and hips
EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL BENEFITS
Utthita Parsvakonasana helps to balance the Muladhara (Root Chakra), Svadhisthana (Sacral Chakra), and the Manipura (Solar Plexus Chakra.
Practicing this pose can help the yogi to feel grounded, safe, supported, powerful, connected, centered and calm.
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