Straddle Split

Definition - What does Straddle Split mean?

Straddle split is an advanced seated asana that requires flexibility in the hips, groin and legs. The pose is a full split with the legs spread out to the side at 180 degrees and the hands in anjali mudra in front of the heart center.

To enter the pose, begin seated on the mat in dandasana. Bring the hands to the heart in prayer position. Mindful of the groin and hamstrings, bring each leg out to the side, making a straight line with the legs. Hold for 60 seconds then bring the legs back together to exit the pose.

Straddle split may also be known by its Sanskrit name, samakonasana.

Yogapedia explains Straddle Split

Straddle split increases the flexibility of ankles, leg joints and lower back. It is a powerful hip opener and groin stretch.

Benefits of this pose include:

  • Promotes forgiveness and acceptance
  • Releases negative emotions such as fear and guilt
  • Improves circulation to the abdominal and pelvic region
  • Stretches and strengthens the spine

Preparatory poses are recommended before attempting straight angle pose, such as wide angle seated forward bend, single leg forward bend and half monkey pose.

Yogis with sciatica, hip, knee or groin pain may choose to skip this pose.

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