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Utthita Parsvakonasana

(Extended Side Angle Pose)

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Samantha Lang - DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa Yoga Teacher

There are a multitude of benefits that come from practicing this pose. The practice of this asana improves and strengthens the legs, knees, and ankles. Practicing this pose also stretches the groin and waist. Another benefit is from the twisting of the spine. Twisting is a way to cleanse and reduce stress within the abdominal area. This leads to better digestion through the stimulation of abdominal organs and a healthier body. Twisting and revolving open the chest also creates benefits for the body. According to B.K.S Iyengar, this enhances lung capacity and tones the muscles of the heart. It also allows for deeper access and strengthening of the shoulders as well as better posture. Lastly, staying balanced is both mentally and physically very important for this asana and others; therefore by incorporating this pose into practice, balance and stamina improve greatly.

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