Parsvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch Posture)
(Intense Side Stretch Posture)
This forward bend requires good deep breathing and you should also try not do it fast.
To start off, place legs four feet apart, left feet in front and other behind. Place left feet facing out and right foot turned 45 degrees.
Turn to your side and bring hands to your back and place both palms in namaskar mudra.
Inhale – look up and keep the spine/back straight and firm.
Exhale – stretch forward and keep both legs straight while maintaining the pose. While holding the pose for 5/10 counts focus on the normal breathing.
Repeat steps on the other side.
Improves indigestion, strengthens spine and hamstring. Reduces excess fat around abdomen, hips and thighs. Also strengthens joints and increases their strength.
Instructions and photograph by Personal Yoga Trainer K.B. Murale.