Pyramid Pose


What is Pyramid Pose?

Pyramid pose, or parsvottanasana in Sanskrit, is a deep standing forward bend. With one foot a few feet behind the other, and the palms pressed in prayer behind the back, the practitioner folds forward. The pose develops both flexibility and balance.


  • Begin in mountain.
  • Exhale and step the right foot 2 to 3 feet back. Point the toes about 40 degrees to the right. The heels should be in one line.
  • Inhale and bring the palms into reverse prayer behind the back.
  • Exhale and fold forward, drawing the head toward the shin.
  • Breathe while holding the pose. Inhale and rise. Exhale and step back to mountain. Change sides.


  • Avoid if there is high blood pressure.

Benefits of Pyramid Pose

  • Stretches the calves and hamstrings.
  • Lengthens the spine.
  • Stimulates abdominal organs and improves digestion.
  • Develops balance and improves posture.

Pyramid Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Parsvottanasana
Pronunciation: PARSH-vote-TAH-NAH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Intermediate
Drishti: Nasagre (Tip of the nose)
Pose Type: Balancing, Forward Bends, Inversions, Standing Poses

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