Procedure and Benefits of Utthita Parshva Konasana

Parsvakonasana

Introduction

Standing Yoga Asanas are the fundamental group of practices. They are well known as anti rheumatic group of poses due to their significant contribution to the health of multiple joints in the body. The range of motions of various joints is enhanced with these poses. Parshva Konasana is one of such poses loved by every student of Yoga Teacher Training Programme. This posture is very useful to bring the best possible flexibility and strength to all the major joints.

Meaning of the name.

 The body in the final position forms an angle in the lateral direction in an extended condition during the practice of this pose, hence it is called as Extend Side/ Lateral angle pose.

Preparation and procedure of the practice

Yoga Course Curriculum in practical training requires some of the prior preparations in order to develop the proficiency in the practice of the Asanas.  Sun salutations or some joint loosening practices will be good to prepare for the pose with the sufficient warming up of the body. The poses involving lateral flexion of the spine are helpful in the preparation of this practice. The practice of the pose is followed in this way.

  1. Inhaling Take distance of one and half leg distance to right side, keep the arms parallel to the ground.
  2. Exhaling bend the right knee at an Angle of 90 Place the right palm adjacent to the foot as shown in the picture. Bring the left hand over the face, Gazing on the tip of the finger maintain the pose for five breaths.
  3. Similarly, repeat the practice on the opposite side.

Benefits

The regular practice of extend side angle pose is useful in gaining the following heath benefits.

Flexibility of Joints.

Various movements like extension, flexion and rotation of the joints improves the general flexibility of major joints like Knee ,hip and shoulder joints. The quadriceps, hamstrings and calf muscles are toned by this practice.

Healthy Digestion

The digestive organs receive the good stretch and massage while in the final pose which is useful in enhancing the digestive process and prevention of the disorders associated with this system.

Lipid Profile

The lateral stretch of the pose improves the functional capacity of liver which in turn contributes for the healthy lipid profile. This is one of the preventive aspects for hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.

Enhanced Lung Capacity

The chest expansion in the pose is useful in enhancing the lung capacity which is very beneficial for the better gas exchanges and developing the healthy respiratory system.

Spinal Strength

The key pose of this practice contributes for the optimum traction of the whole spine in lateral conditions. This aspect is good to maintain intradiscal space and nutrition through the better blood circulation taking place through well toned spinal nerves. Each vertebrae of the spine receives the healthy space. The thickening of the connective tissue is checked. On account of this development of general stiffness and weakness of the spinal column are relieved.