Parsva means side or flank. Kona is an angle. This is the extended lateral angle pose. Utthita Parsvakonasana details are provided to you by YogaIQ.
1. Stand in Tadasana. (Step 1) Take a deep inhalation and with a jump spread the legs apart sideways 4 to 4.5 feet. Lift the arms sideways, in line with the shoulders, palms facing down. (Step 2)
2. While breathing out slowly, turn the right foot sideways 90 degrees to the right, and the left foot slightly to the right, holding the left leg extended out and tightened at the knee joint. Curve the right leg at the knee joint until the thigh and the shin form a right angle and the right thigh is parallel to the floor.
3. Put the right palm on the floor by the side of the right foot, the right armpit covering and touching the outer side of the right knee. Extend the left arm out over the left ear. Hold the head up. (Step 3 and 4).
4. Stiffen the loins and stretch the hamstrings. The chest, the hips and the legs should be inline and in order to achieve this, place the chest up and back. Extend every part of the body, Focusing on the back part of the whole body, especially the spine. Extend the spine until all the vertebrae and ribs move and there is a feeling that even the skin is being stretched and pulled.
5. Stay in this posture from half a minute to a minute, breathing deeply and evenly. Breath in and lift the right palm from the floor.
6. Inhale, straighten the right leg and raise the arms as in step I.
7. Continue with exhalation as in step 1 to 4, reversing all processes, on the left side.
8. Exhale and jump back to Tadasana. (Step 1 )
Utthita Parsvakonasana helps tones up the ankles, knees and thighs. It corrects defects in the calves and thighs, develops the chest and reduces fat round the waist and hips and relieves sciatic and arthritic pains. It also increases peristaltic activity and aids elimination. It helps Increases stamina.It is Yoga For Arthritic Pain.