Utthita Parsvakonasana - Extended Side Angle

Contraindication & Cautions

  • Low or high blood pressure (if unmedicated)

  • Insomnia

  • Currently experiencing headache

  • Neck issues - Look straight ahead or down instead of up.





  • If you can't easily get your fingers to the floor. Place your forearm on your thigh or use a block.

  • If you have difficulty keeping your back foot grounded, place it against a wall & push the wall away, this gives you the energy that is required in your back leg.

  • If you notice your torso dropping forward towards the floor - think about rolling your top shoulder back, lengthen your tailbone and encourage your hips to move forward.

"Extended Side Angle Pose is a truly beautiful posture.  Both challenging and therapeutic, this pose helps stretch and strengthen muscles you most likely do not even think about on a regular basis, and adds some much needed balance to most peoples asana practice"

                                                   Ali Washington

Benefits of Extended Side Angle



  • Increases stamina and endurance




  • Strengthens thighs, hips, knees and ankles

  • Stretches groins, spine, waist, chest, lungs and shoulders

  • Stimulates and massages the abdominal organs.




  • Conspitation

  • Infertility

  • Lower back pain

  • Osteoporosis

  • Sciatica

  • Menstrual discomfort


Level  1 Pose


This pose requires and builds strength throughout the entire body and helps to prepare the body for deeper leg and groin stretches

Emma Costelllo


Tel: 087-212-4644