Asana: Utthita Parsvakonasana

6 Jan

Utthita Parsvakonasana (extended side angle pose) is a strong, foundational standing pose.

Be mindful of the position of the front knee–never beyond the ankle, and stacked in alignment.  For help with balance, practice next to the wall for stability.  Breathe slowly and fully as you practice, and come out of the pose by straightening the knees whenever you need to.  Notice sensation in your body, and please come out of the pose if you feel pain.

Utthita Parsvakonasana is helpful for:

  • Constipation
  • Infertility
  • Low backache
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sciatica
  • Menstrual discomfort
  • Strengthening and stretching the legs, knees, and ankles
  • Stretching the groins, spine, waist, chest and lungs, and shoulders
  • Stimulating the abdominal organs
  • Increasing stamina


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.

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