Extended Side Angle
(Utthita Parsvakonasana )
Physical: Improves breathing by opening diaphragm; tones legs; strengthens and stretches hips, stomach; opens chest and shoulders.
Emotional: Focuses mind
Rx for: Sciatica
1. Stand in Warrior II.
2. Bring your left, hand down to the inside of your left foot and extend your right arm forward.
3. Rotate your right arm by pulling your shoulder onto your back as though you are tucking your shoulder blade into your back. Lift your right hand so you lift your arm while keeping your shoulder externally rotated, lengthening up and over your head.
4. Open your chest by turning from the bottom of your waist to separate your ribs and top of your hip.
5. Look up at your fingertips. Make sure you don’t collapse on the right side of your waist by pulling up and away from your hips. It might be helpful to use a block under your right fingertips, directly under your shoulder. Hold for 3 to 5 breaths.