Baddha Parsvakonasana: Sure Facet Angle Pose


This entry was posted on Could 11, 2023 by Charlotte Bell.

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Once I consider Parsvakonasana (Facet Angle Pose), I usually image the lengthy, steady line of extension on the highest aspect of the physique. That stretch is definitely one of many pose’s nice pleasures. I particularly love Parsvakonasana after sitting at a desk or using in a automobile for too lengthy. However there’s not only one approach to follow the pose. Baddha Parsvakonasana (Sure Facet Angle Pose) provides a chest- and shoulder-opening part that may additionally convey welcome reduction from an excessive amount of ahead hunching.

Like all of yoga’s wide-legged standing poses, Parsvakonasana cultivates energy, stability, steadiness, flexibility and enlargement, . It strengthens the legs and the core, and nurtures the again. Training Baddha Parsvakonasana supplies the additional advantage of robust shoulder joint opening. It calls for extra of the core and legs than the normal pose. It is because folks usually collapse onto their backside hand or arm, which disengages the core and legs. So practising with the arm bind can improve the strengthening energy of the pose.

Contraindications for Baddha Parsvakonasana

As with all yoga poses, Parsvakonasana and Baddha Parsvakonasana are contraindicated in sure conditions. If you’re experiencing complications, or shoulder or neck ache, keep away from practising the pose. Individuals who expertise insomnia ought to follow this pose early within the day reasonably than within the night.

This variation is just not for everybody. With the intention to full the arm bind, your torso needs to be very near your thigh. You additionally must have comparatively lengthy humerus bones so as to have the ability to bend your backside elbow beneath your entrance thigh. When you try the bind and discover that your respiratory turns into inhibited due to the place of your torso, it’s higher to follow the normal expanded model of the pose.


  1. Stand in Tadasana (Mountain Pose) within the middle of your Yoga Mat.
  2. Separate your toes 2-½ to 3-½ toes aside. In deciding how far to separate the toes, keep in mind each stability and enlargement. In different phrases, in case your toes are too shut collectively, you might really feel “caught” within the pose. In case your toes are too huge aside, your legs gained’t be capable to help you with energy. There’s no one-size-fits-all, “excellent” stance past the one that provides you stable help in your pose. Be at liberty to strive totally different stances to seek out what’s finest to your explicit construction.
  3. Flip your proper leg out 90 levels. Internally rotate your left leg—together with your pelvis—about 45 levels. Don’t sq. your hips to the entrance. When you’d prefer to know why this fashionable, however anatomically nonsensical, cue is just not a good suggestion, learn this submit.
  4. Prolong your arms outward out of your shoulders.
  5. Bend your proper knee into a couple of 90-degree angle in order that your knee is true over your ankle. You could want to regulate the space between your toes so as to discover this place.
  6. Proceed to permit the left aspect of your pelvis to rotate ahead. You’ll be able to play with the rotation to seek out the place that feels probably the most secure for you.
  7. Prolong your torso out over your proper thigh.
  8. Decrease the torso as a way to place your proper shoulder on the correct internal thigh, and bend your elbow beneath the correct thigh. In case your elbow doesn’t bend beneath the thigh, or in case you discover respiratory to be tough right here, place your elbow on prime of your thigh as a substitute and prolong your left arm out overhead.
  9. When you’re practising the bind, prolong our left arm again, bend your elbow, and join your arms. In case your arms don’t join, you’ll be able to strive dangling a Yoga Strap out of your left hand to your proper hand, and join your arms that means.
  10. Keep for five to 10 deep breaths. Then elevate your torso upright, flip your toes to parallel and relaxation for just a few breaths earlier than taking your second aspect.

About Charlotte Bell

Charlotte Bell found yoga in 1982 and started instructing in 1986. Charlotte is the creator of Conscious Yoga, Conscious Life: A Information for On a regular basis Apply and Yoga for Meditators, each printed by Rodmell Press. Her third e book is titled Hip-Wholesome Asana: The Yoga Practitioner’s Information to Defending the Hips and Avoiding SI Joint Ache (Shambhala Publications). She writes a month-to-month column for CATALYST Journal and serves as editor for Yoga U On-line. Charlotte is a founding board member for GreenTREE Yoga, a non-profit that brings yoga to underserved populations. A lifelong musician, Charlotte performs oboe and English horn within the Salt Lake Symphony and people sextet Crimson Rock Rondo, whose DVD gained two Emmy awards in 2010.