All posts tagged: Utthita Parsvakonasana

Extended Side Angle Pose

I`m not going to lie… Extended Side Angle Pose aka Utthita Parsvakonasana is a hard one for me! The side stretch is just so deep that I find it hard to revolve my torso and keep my breath even. I usually practice this pose with a block, sometimes at the highest level and as I get warmer and continue to enter the pose throughout the practice I may lower the block, get rid of it or even go for a bind. As always listen to your body, respect the principles of alignment and give your breath priority over a form you wish to achieve. How to get into the pose: Step your feet about 4 feet apart. From deep within the hip socket, rotate the front leg out to align the front foot parallel to the long end of your mat. Pivit the back heel out, heel to arch aligned. Let your hips open naturally. While both frontal hip points aim towards the long end of your mat, most hips won`t allow for a shape …