Sanskrit Name: Utthita Parsvakonasana (oo-TEE-tah parsh-vah-cone-AHS-anna)
Utthita = Extended
Parsva = Side, Flank
Kona = Angle
Asana = Pose
Benefits: This pose strengthens and stretches the legs, knees and ankles. It stretches the
groins, spine, waist, chest, lungs and shoulders. It also stimulates the abdominal organs and increases stamina.
Contradictions: Practice this pose with caution if you have a headache, high or low blood
pressure or if you have insomnia. If you have neck issues, look straight ahead and keep your neck long.
Know Your Asana: From this pose, there's an option to take a half or full bind by wrapping your left arm around your back and possibly wrapping your right arm around your right thigh and grabbing your hands. Option to use a strap with this pose.