Utthita Parsvakonasana translates to Extended side angle pose.
This is a simple standing pose and requires a little flexibility hence can be practiced even by a beginner.
How to do utthitha parsvakonasana:
1. Begin in Tadasana position also called mountain pose. Take a deep inhalation and jump to your right spreading the legs 4 to 41/2 feet apart.
2. As you jump bring your hands in line with shoulders keeping palms facing down. Your hands are exactly parallel to the floor.
3. Exhale and slowly bring your right palm next to right foot outer region and right arm pit is covering knee outer area. Then bring the left arm over the left ear and turn your head facing up.
4. Stay in this pose and keep stretching the whole part of your body extending your left hand and left leg further as if someone is pulling on both sides. Keep your chest, hips and thighs in a same line. Retain this pose for half a minute.
5. Inhale straighten your right leg and raise your palms placed next to right foot and come to the position as sated in step 2.
6. This pose being complimentary,repeat the same on other side and hold the pose for equal length of time.
7. Exhale and come back to Tadasana.
Benefits of this pose.
1. Tones the ankles ,knees and thighs.
2. This pose cuts the fat around waist.
3. Know to relieve sciatic and arthritic pains.
4. Improves peristaltic activity and helps in elimination of waste material.
1. This pose is believed to activate the manipura chakra which drives out the feeling of fear and insecurity.
2. Improves concentration.
If this pose is difficult and you cannot bend fully. Place the blocks in front or back of your right foot then place the palms.