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Extended Side Angle Pose
Extended Side Angle Pose or Parsvakonasana focuses on utilizing the leg muscles between the groin and the ankles. Much of our recurring daily activities are done in the backwards and forwards planes of existence. Extended Side Angle Pose allows us to stretch ourselves in a way that is not usually naturally occurring. By stretching in a different way, to the side rather than forwards or backwards, the pose encourages thinking in new ways to solve problems and awakens creativity.
This pose uses lateral stretching to encourage lateral thinking. By stretching yourself in this more unusual way, you are promoting the use of unusual responses to other areas in your life. Thinking more laterally can encourage you to create unique solutions to problems in your life and help you to excel in the creative arts. The firm placement of both feet and your hand on the floor helps us to feel secure and grounded. The deep stretch across your hips and pelvis opens you to new opportunities and positivity in your life.
1.Stand up straight with your arms by your side. Take a large step across to spread your feet apart. Put your hands on your hips and swivel your pelvis so that it’s facing forward.
2.Bend your right knee to 90 degrees so that your thigh is parallel to the floor. Ensure that your knee is directly on top of the ankle and is not in front of or behind it.
3.While exhaling, bend your upper body towards the right. Extend far enough that your ribs are resting or are close to resting on your thigh. Put the palm of your right hand on the floor beside your little toe. Push your right knee against your arm and rotate your upper body and abdomen towards the sky. Push your right knee back against your arm to maintain as much of a stretch as possible across the front of the hips.
4.Place your weight firmly against the outside of the left foot and press it into the floor. With the right knee still firmly bent, make sure that the pelvis is floating and not sinking. Place as little weight as possible on your right hand.
5.Lift your left arm over and past your head with your palm facing towards the floor. Push your ribs upwards so that the curve up towards the sky and intensify the stretch along the left side of your body. To release yourself from this position, slowly lower your arm, straighten both legs and return to your original position. Repeat the exercise on the other side.
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