DAY 16. (read to the end for your challenge today)
PARSVAKONASANA (extended angle pose)
Regular practice of this posture brings flexibility and strength to the spine and legs, and improves digestion, elimination, breathing and an awareness of body alignment. If you find the triangle tough on your lower back, you may find this posture easier. Consider the way the side of the body opens up – let the heart centre be free. Feel rooted into the ground at your back and heel and enjoy the expansiveness of the pose with confidence.
1. Stand with your feet parallel and approximately 120 - 150 cm (4-5 ft) apart. Turn your left leg out by 90 degrees and slightly turn in the toes of your right foot. On an in-breath lift our arms to shoulder height. On an out-breath bend your left knee and go into a deep lunge. Your knee should be directly over your ankle, making your shin vertical.
*If your hips are tight, you may find that your left knee slides forward. If so, gently pull back into line. This will encourage your hips to open.
2. On an out-breath extend your upper body to the left (don’t fold forward). Place your left hand on the floor or on a block behind your foot. Extend your right arm over your head. Look up at your right palm. .Repeat on the other side.
*Instead of putting your hand on the ground, you can place your elbow on your thigh. This modification may be easier if you are a beginner.
Day 16 challenge:
Our 6th posture today is the extended angle pose. It feels wonderful and is a perfect addition to the postures we’ve earned already. There are a few alternatives you can try. Find what is most comfortable for you. Have you practiced your yoga every day with us? How do you feel? Share with us in the comment box below.
All participants’ names will be entered in our 30 days of yoga with hipS-sister draw Oct. 1st.