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Extended Side Angle Pose

Utthita Parsvakonasana

Benefits

Strengthens legs, stretches legs and upper body.

Step 1

Begin in Mountain Pose.

Step 2

Step your feet wide apart, and stretch your arms out to either side, palms facing down.

Step 3

Turn one foot, so your toes are pointing out to the side.

Step 4

Bend your knee on your leg with your toes pointed away from your body.

Step 5

Gently lower your arm to rest on your thigh, and bring your other hand up to your shoulder.

Step 6

Extend your hand from your shoulder up over your head, and gaze at your fingertips.

Step 7

Hold this pose for a couple of breaths, then lower your hands and step your feet together, returning to Mountain Pose.

 Step 8

Repeat on your opposite side.

Tip

Pretend your hand is a rocket ship, slowly flying through the sky, as it takes off from your shoulder and flies overhead.

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