Utthita Parsvokanasana - Extended Side AngleUtthita Parsvokonasana - Extended Side Angle by Sue Fuller

This posture can be performed in a number of ways. It is included in many of the Yoga 2 Hear Improver level classes. 

It lengthens and strengthens so many areas of the body and requires some flexibility to perform.

The instructions below will take you to an easy version of the posture first and then if you feel comfortable you may progress to the finished version.

Stand with the feet leg length apart with the outside edges of the feet parallel.  Turn your right foot out, lift your arms up level with your shoulders, and bend your right knee, so that it is over the right ankle with the right thigh parallel to the ground.  Now place your right forearm onto your right thigh.  Extend your left arm straight up and then lean to the right reaching the left arm to the right to form a diagonal line from your left hand to your left foot.

Hold for a few complete breaths. When you are ready place your right hand to the floor on the outside of the right foot (depending upon the style of yoga it is also fine to place the right hand on the inside of the right foot).  Keep reaching the left arm to the right to maintain the diagonal line between the left hand and the outside of the left foot.

Work to rotate the left side of the rib cage back a little so that the torso remains open.

This posture targets so many areas of the body it is releasing and strengthening.  It will lengthen the sides of the body, open the shoulders and chest.  Stretch the torso, outer thigh and inner thighs whilst strengthening the bent supporting leg.

Sue Fuller is a leading yoga teacher with a range of over 60 audio yoga classes, all postures are carefully selected for the relevant and appropriate level including Gentle Yoga for the absolute beginner, Beginners Yoga, Improvers for those moving on from the beginner level and Strong Yoga classes for the more advanced yoga practitioners who wish to perform stronger yoga postures. 

Sue also has a range of Daily Yoga Classes each audio contains 5 X 15 minute yoga sessions that can fit into even the busiest of days.

Sue’s complete range of Yoga 2 Hear audio yoga classes, are safe and effective and available from www.yoga2hear.co.uk.