Intense Side Stretch Pose - Parsvottanasana
About Intense Side Stretch Pose
The intense side stretch pose is classified as a standing forward bend yoga posture. As suggested by the name, it is truly a challenging and demanding asana. It requires great concentration, mental clarity and awareness. The individuals attempting the intense side stretch position must be fully attuned with their body movements as this asana lays great emphasis on core balance and stability. The adho mukha svanasana,baddha konasana, gomukhasana,uttanasana and vrkasana can be performed as preparatory poses before the intense side stretch pose is attempted. These preparatory poses will reduce the risk of muscle strain, cramping and injuries.
Step By Step Instructions
The intense side stretch posture requires clarity of mind and full concentration so make sure that the spot you choose is peaceful and soothing.
- Position yourself in the tadasana (mountain pose)
- Stand with your feet up to 3.5 to 4 feet apart. Then turn your right foot towards the outside and your left foot towards the inside.
- Square your hips towards the front and rotate your torso towards the right side. Then lean forward do that your torso is leaning over the right leg.
- Then extend your hands towards the mat and press your fingers firmly against the mat on either side of the right foot.
- Try to position your head and torso in such a way that they are parallel to the mat.
- Maintain the pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute or longer if you can.
- Repeat the sequence with the other leg.
The intense side stretch position has numerous health benefits! Let’s find out all about them.
- Calms the mind and relieves stress from the mind and body.
- Stretches and strengthens the wrists, shoulders, hamstrings, hips, legs and spine.
- Acts as a stimulant for the abdominal organs.
- Enhances posture and core sense of balance.
- Enhances the functioning of the digestive process.
Things to Remember!
Refrain from performing the intense side stretch posture if you suffer from back injuries or high blood pressure. You can attempt a modified version of the intense side stretch pose under the supervision of a qualified yoga teacher.