Side seated angle pose is considered very beneficial for the body because of the deep opening it encourages in the hips, hamstrings and back of the body. It is recommended as an alternative to head-to-knee pose for yogis with knee pain. As it can be an intense stretch, it should only be entered into as far as feels comfortable, allowing the body to open up naturally over time.
Additional physical benefits include:
- Opens the hips and groin
- Stretches the neck
- Releases tension in the back
For additional cushioning, place a yoga blanket under the sit bones and the knees if they do not reach the ground.