Parsvottanasana a remedy for drooping shoulders.
Updated: Dec 23, 2020
What is Parsvottanasana:
The name of this posture combines three different words from Sanskrit that is parsva means side,uttana means intense stretch and asana is a yoga pose.
In posture, the upper body or the torso is twisted sideways and bent forward keeping the legs straight to reach the forehead close to the knees.
How to do parsvottanasana:
1. Start with Tadasana and inhale deeply.
2. Exhale, bring both your hands in line with shoulders, and bend at elbows to join the palms between shoulder blades. You are doing namaste here at the back of your body.
3. Exhale and jump to the right spreading your legs 3 to 31/2 feet apart, stay in this position and exhale out completely.
4. Inhale and turn your right foot and trunk towards the right side and left foot slightly turned towards the right. Focus to balance properly and throw your head back to look up towards the ceiling.
5.Exhale and bend forward slowly to bring your forehead closer to your right knee then try to touch your chin to deepen the pose.
6.Stay in this pose for half a minute breathing evenly.
7. Inhale and from here raise your trunk upward and turn your trunk first then left foot towards left and slightly turn your right foot towards left throwing your head back.
8. Exhale and bend forward slowly to bring your forehead closer to your left knee then try to touch your chin to deepen the pose.
9. Stay in this pose for half a minute breathing evenly.
10. After completion raise your trunk up and jump back to the tadasana and release the hands from the back.
Benefits of Parsvottanasana:
1. The forwards movement contracts the abdominal organs and activates them.
2. Metabolism is boosted and helps in weight loss.
3. This posture is good for people having posture issues, especially drooping shoulders.
4. The stretch when held the hand back gives good expansion to lungs allowing more oxygen for inhalation.
People with stiff shoulders or arms can try holding the wrist rather than joining the palms between shoulder blades.