Extended Side Angle

Benefits

  • Strengthens the feet, ankles, knees, legs, glutes and hips.
  • Stretches the ankles, calves, hamstrings, groin, obliques, intercostals, arms and shoulders.
  • Opens up the hips.
  • Increases lung capacity and improves breath efficiency.

Skill Level

  • Intermediate

Category

  • Lower Body Strength
  • Hip Opener
  • Sidebend

Yoga 15 Series

Instructions

  • From Downward Dog, step your right foot in between your hands in Runners Lunge. 
  • Check that your right knee is directly above your right ankle and turn your left heel down to the mat.
  • Come up, resting your right forearm on your front knee. 
  • Drop your left shoulder back and circle your left arm down and across your body into Extended Side Angle Pose. 
  • Draw your right ear away from your shoulder and reach through your fingertips. 
  • Hold the pose for 5 deep breaths, in and out through your nose.
  • Circle your left hand back down to the mat and step back to Downward Dog for the other side.

Contraindication

  • Avoid this pose if you have a knee or shoulder injury.