Bound Side Angle Pose
Definition - What does Bound Side Angle Pose mean?
Bound side angle pose is a challenging standing posture that requires balance and flexibility with the legs in a warrior pose lunge position. It is a bound version of extended side angle pose. To create the bind, one arm reaches behind the back and the other threads between the legs so the hands can clasp. The gaze is toward the sky.
This pose is also known by its Sanskrit name, baddha parsvakonasana.
Yogapedia explains Bound Side Angle Pose
Bound side angle pose has a wide range of physical benefits, including:
- Stretches and strengthens the entire body
- Opens the shoulders and chest
- Stabilizes the front and back of the torso
- Tones the lower body
- Improves stamina
Bound side angle pose is also believed to have therapeutic benefits for sciatica, constipation, menstrual pain, infertility, and low backache.
As a modification, yogis with neck pain or injury should keep the gaze straight ahead rather than twist toward the sky.
In a variation of this pose, revolved bound side angle pose, the torso revolves in the opposite direction, creating a more intense twist and stimulating the abdominal organs.