Sanskrit Name: Upavistha Konasana (oo-pah-VEESH-tah cone-AHS-anna)
Upavistha = Seated, Sitting
Kona = Angle
Asana = Pose
Benefits: This pose stretches the insides and the backs of the legs while stimulating the abdominal organs and strengthening the spine. It also calms the brain and release the groins. It is therapeutic for arthritis and sciatica, and it detoxifies the kidneys.
Contradictions: If you have a lower-back injury, sit on a folded blanket and keep your torso relatively upright.
Know Your Asana: Option to move into this pose's twisted version. From the wide-legged alignment, turn your torso to the right and press your left hand to the outside of your right thigh and right hand on the floor to the outside of your right hip. On your exhale, walk your left hand to the outside of your leg and press the top of your left hand down the along the outside of your leg, as you press the top of your left thigh into the floor to serve as support for this movement. If you can, reach your left hand to the outside of your left floor and twist to the right. Maintain a long torso.