Pyramid Yoga Pose - Parsvottonasana

Pyramid Yoga Pose - Parsvottonasana
by Sonia Sharma | August 13, 2012

About Pyramid Yoga Pose

The pyramid yoga pose (Parsvottonasana yoga pose) is classified as a standing, forward bend asana. The pyramid yoga pose is a classic beginner’s yoga pose that functions as a full body stretch! It is also referred to as the ‘Intense Side Stretch Pose’. The pyramid yoga pose is an excellent warm-up posture for runners and athletes who want to stretch their hamstrings for the vigorous workout that is to follow. Performing a few warm up preparatory poses before attempting the pyramid yoga pose will prevent muscle injuries and strains. Practice the adho mukha svanasana, baddha konasana, gomukhasana, uttanasana and vrkasana to warm up your muscles.

Step By Step Instructions

Get ready to perform the pyramid pose yoga sequence                       

  1. Position yourself in the downward facing dog pose on the yoga mat.
  2. Bring your right foot forward so that it is positioned next to the right hand. Straighten the right leg as much as you possibly can.
  3. Bring your left foot forward so that both feet are positioned at a distance of 3 feet from each other.
  4. Keep your hips squared towards the front and keep your body straight and tall.
  5. Inhale and elongate the spine.
  6. Exhale and bend your body forward into a forward bend with your hands touching the mat.
  7. Maintain the pyramid yoga pose sequence for at least 30 seconds to 1 minute by elongating the spine on every inhalation, and bending forward on every exhalation.
  8. Yoga beginners can use yoga blocks if their hands do not reach the mat.
  9. Exit the pyramid yoga pose and repeat the sequence with the other leg.

Health Benefits

The pyramid yoga pose has a host of exceptional health benefits!

  1. Stretches and strengthens the hamstrings, legs and spine.
  2. Acts as a stimulant for the abdominal organs.
  3. Enhances the digestive functioning of the body.
  4. Tones and strengthens the abdominal muscles.
  5. Calms and soothes the mind.
  6. Improves posture.

Things to Remember!

Individuals suffering from high blood pressure or injuries of the hamstrings, wrists, back or shoulders should refrain from performing the pyramid pose yoga sequence without the supervision of a qualified yoga professional. Pregnant women should refrain from attempting the Parsvottonasana yoga pose.

About the Author - Sonia Sharma

I am presently functioning as a Yoga instructor for Fitness republic where I can continue feeding my yoga passion everyday in a different format through my writing and make people able to develop their personality at all levels u2013 physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. And yes I am always open to feedback and suggestions.

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