Asana: Parsvottanasana

4 Jan

Parsvottanasana (standing head to knee pose / intense side stretch pose) is a strong, hip-balancing foundational standing pose.

Breathe slowly and fully as you practice, and come out of the pose by returning to standing whenever you need to.  Notice sensation in your body, and please come out of the pose if you feel pain.


  • Calms the brain, soothes the nerves
  • Relieves neck, shoulder, elbow and wrist arthritis when done with palms in reverse namascar
  • Stretches the spine, hips, and hamstrings
  • Strengthens the legs
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs, tones liver and spleen
  • Reduces menstrual pain
  • Improves posture and sense of balance
  • Improves digestion

Check out this article from Claudia Cummins on how to refine and progress your Parsvottanasana.


Approach these asanas slowly and mindfully. If something hurts, back out of the pose gently and reassess. Do not ever push through pain. The techniques and suggestions presented in these videos are not intended to substitute for medical advice. Consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program. Jessie Tierney and YogAscent/Horseback Yoga videos and website assume no responsibility for injuries suffered while practicing these techniques. If you are new to exercise or yoga, are elderly, have any chronic or recurring conditions such as high blood pressure, neck or back pain, arthritis, heart disease, and so on, seek your physician’s advice before practicing to determine necessary precautions.

One Response to “Asana: Parsvottanasana”


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