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Bound Side Angle Pose (Baddha Utthita Pasvakonasana)

This is a variation of Parivrtta Parsvakonasana and considered one of the most challenging standing poses. It requires your focus, balance, flexibilty and strength. It is a great pose to flow into from Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II) and to create length in your side body. It builds strength in your lower body as you’re forced to balance most of your weight on the bent leg, deepens flexibility in your hips, engages your core and relieves tensions in your shoulders.

Here you see Deepak P Ji with a student. Note: extended side angle is not a backbend. The bind requires shoulder flexibility and core strength and if you’re not able to hold side angle pose comfortably, getting into the bind will be difficult. Ensure that the top shoulder is not turning towards the floor but opening to the side instead.

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