🌻 UTTHITA PARSVAKONASANA🌻 (Try saying that after a few sherbets 🥴) or Extended Side Angle.
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This is one of my favourite asanas! It doesn’t always feel good to go into the deepest expression but I was super warm here after teaching a hot yoga class and it just felt so right! . . .
Those juicy benefits include;
☀️Strengthening and stretching the legs, knees and ankles.
☀️It stimulates the abdominal organs and strengthens the core muscles.
☀️ Stretches the groin, waist, chest, lungs and shoulders.
☀️ Increases stamina
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Take it back a notch....place your front elbow on your front thigh to support yourself, rather than trying to reach for the floor. Work on rotating the chest towards the sky and pressing the grounded back foot into the floor; finding a long line of energy right through to the top fingertips. If you want to go a little deeper, place a block on the inside of the front foot; explore using the block at different heights. Top hand can start on the top hip, then reach up to the sky (whilst maintaining the opening in the chest), finally reach top arm alongside top ear. Relax the neck and shoulders, gaze to floor, across the room or to the top hand. Breathe deeply and enjoy 🙏 . . .
Open and stabilise the body first: Try Downward Dog, Low and high lunges, half forward fold, Yogi squat, triangle, bound angle pose, reclined hand to big toe pose, warrior 2 and wide legged forward bend. Take it slow & listen to your body! . . . 🌻💛 #extendedsideangle #utthitaparsvakonasana #strengthen #stretch #yogaflow #yogaeverydamday #movement #explore #breath #connection #yogateacher #121yoga #birmingham #uk #vinyasaflow #asana #yoga #yogaposes #practice