Side Seated Angle Pose

Definition - What does Side Seated Angle Pose mean?

Side seated angle pose is a beginner friendly asana that provides a deep stretch for the side body, back and legs.

To enter the pose, begin seated on a yoga mat, legs extended straight out in front in staff pose. Extend the legs out to each side of the mat, making a wide "V" shape. Mindfully straighten the legs as much as is comfortable. Turn the torso over the right hip to face the right leg and foot. Lengthen the spine and slowly fold forward over the leg, resting the hands on the thigh or holding onto the ankle or foot. With practice, the belly and chest come to rest on the leg. The gaze can be down toward the foot or forward. Hold for a cycle of three to six breaths then release and repeat on the opposite side.

The Sanskrit name for side seated angle is parsva upavistha konasana.

Yogapedia explains Side Seated Angle Pose

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.

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