In Sanskrit “Parsva” means “side”, and “kona” means “angle”, “asana” meaning pose. The English name of this asana is “Side angle Pose”.
Position : Standing
Type : Balancing
Spiritual Awareness : Manipura
Physical Awareness : Legs, ankles, groin, chest, lungs, shoulders, spine, abdomen
Dosha Suitability : Vata and Kapha
Introducery Asanas : Siddhasana, Supta Padangusthasana, Virabhadrasana II, Virasana
- Stand erect, feet together, arms at your side. With an exhalation, step or lightly jump your feet to shoulder width apart. Raise your arms sideways to shoulder level so that they are in a straight line, palms down. Wrists should be in line with ankles.
- Turn your right foot out to 90 degrees and your left foot into 45 degrees. Firm your thighs and turn your right thigh outward, so that the center of the right knee cap is in line with the center of the right ankle.
- Exhale, keeping your arms parallel to the floor, moving your torso to the right and bending your right knee over the right ankle, so that the shin is perpendicular to the floor. If possible, bring the right thigh parallel to the floor. Rotate your hip joint outwards.
- Rest your right arm onto your right thigh, palm facing upwards. Extend your left arm straight up toward the ceiling, and then turn the left palm towards your head and with an inhalation reach the arm over the back of your left ear, palm facing the floor. Stretch from your left heel through your left fingertips, lengthening the entire left side of your body. Hold this position, breathing normally. Look up to your left arm.
- When you are comfortable with the above sequence, exhale and press your right palm (or fingertips) on the floor just outside of your right foot, your torso will press down onto (or as close as possible to) the top of the right thigh. The inside of your right thigh should be parallel with the long edge of your sticky mat.
- Hold this position, eyes closed, breathing normal. Inhale to come up, pushing both heels strongly into the floor and reach the left arm forcefully toward the ceiling to lighten the upward movement. Reverse the feet and repeat for the same length of time to the left.
- Baddha Konasana
Spotlight Effects: Ankles, legs, hips, groins, lower back, abdomen, shoulders and spine.
- Strengthens and stretches the legs, thighs, knees and ankles.
- Stretches the groins, spine, waist, back, chest, lungs , and shoulders.
- Stimulates abdominal organs.
- Tones muscles of the heart and enhances lung capacity.
- Improves balance, stamina and endurance.
- Lower backache
- Menstrual discomfort
Precautions and Contraindications:
- If you have any neck problems don’t turn your head to look at the top arm; instead look straight ahead with the sides of the neck lengthened evenly, or look down at the floor.
- Knee and ankle injuries.
- Low and high blood pressure.