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Utthita Parsva Konasana (Extended Side Angle Pose)

A look at how to do Utthita Parsva Konasana (Extended Side Angle Pose) in the Iyengar method.

What is Utthita Parsva Konasana

Extended side flank stretch. This is a key standing posture. It tones the leg muscles, the spinal muscles and encourages flexibility of the knee, hip, ankle and shoulder.

When to use Utthita Parsva Konasana

As with all standing poses, this pose builds a firm foundation in the practitioner. The legs and spine become flexible and also steady. The feet are grounded, but the spine learns to lengthen, and the torso to turn away from the floor. This pose is said to enhance lung capacity, benefit the muscles of the heart, improve digestion, and tone the waist and hips.

Parsvakonasana teaches the student to remain active in the back leg, and not to collapse weight into the front leg or front hand. The spine dynamically extends as if from the root of the outer back heel.