Extended Side Angle Pose – Utthita Parsvakonasana
Oo-TEE-tah PARZH-vuh-ko-NAHS-uh-nuh

Utthita = Extended
Parsva = Side or Flank
Kona = Angle
Asana = Posture

How to do

– Start in Warrior II with front knee over ankle and back leg straight
– Press equally into both feet
– Bring your left hand inside the left foot, and your right arm up toward the ceiling
– Open your chest and make sure your right shoulder is aligned over your left shoulder

Benefits

– Strengthens your thighs, hips, knees, and ankles
– Stretches your groin, back, spine, waist, ankles, lungs (intercostals) and shoulders
– Massages and stimulates your abdominal organs
– Increases endurance and stamina

Contraindications

– Recent or chronic injury to ankles, knees, back or shoulders

Tip – If you can’t reach the floor, use a yoga block