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How to Do Yoga Extended Side Angle (Utthita Parsvakonasana)

Learn the extended side angle from certified yoga instructor Chelsey Korus in this Howcast video.


Next what we're going to work through is an extended side angle. So we're going to start with warrior 2 legs. So front heel, back arch alignment, reaching your arms up and open. Nice and long with the energy.

Take the front forearm for the front thigh and rest it there. Back hand comes onto the hip. And what you're going to do is actually scrub the forearm down into the thigh and use that to bend your front knee. So I'm literally trying to create space in this hip flexor here by brushing the bones forward and the muscles forward.

Then from here this left shoulder will roll back. Right. So that's what having this hand on the hip will allow you to find that opening in the chest. And then you can reach the finger tips up. Often times what we see most is this had just kind of goes rogue back here. We don't know where it is. So we won't to pretend there's this imaginary glass wall right in line of your nose that you're pushing into.

This finger here can come down to the floor or to a block. Yes, you can have a block here, or it can come onto the outside. It just depends on what you're trying to work. So if you have your fingertips on the inside you're going to work your inner thigh. If you have the fingertips on the outside, you'll work the outer thigh. And you want to use that, the arm and the leg, as a reference point of where to hug into.

So say my fingertips were on the floor, my knee will hug into my arm, my arm will hug back into the knee and then elongates from there. Extended side angle. Exhale.

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