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Day 9 - Extended Side Angle


DAY 9 Pose: Extended Side Angle - Utthita Parsvakonasana

Alignment: Starting in a standing pose, step back as far as you can with the right foot. Left toes point to the front edge of the mat and allow the right toes/foot to turn to the right edge of the mat. You’ll feel the pelvis open to the right hand side. Open the arms wide with an inhale and exhale to bend into the left knee. You’ll find yourself in Warrior 2! From here ground the feet down, lower ribs hug in and chest rotates to the sky. On another exhalation bring the left forearm onto the left thigh, this can be later one, teach the right hand over beyond the front edge of the mat and over head. To move deeper, sink into the hips and bring the left hand to the inside or outside of your left foot! Imagine you're upper back is supported by a wall and embrace the chest and hips opening. 30 seconds to 1 minute hold, each side!


Benefits: Strengthens and stretches the legs, knees and ankles. Encourages balance and focus. Stretches the groin, spine, waist, chest and shoulders.


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