PARSVAKONASANA[Lateral Angle Pose]

Parsvakonasana pose require both balance and flexibility. The name comes from the sanskrit words where ‘Parsva’ means ‘side or flank’ , ‘Kona’ means ‘angle’ and ‘Asana’ means ‘posture’.

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Stand straight in Tadasana. While inhaling place your foot 3 to 4 ft apart from each other and turn your right foot towards the right side at 90* without turning your body to the right. Now bend the right knee in such a way that the right thigh is parallel to the ground. While exhaling, bend your right hand to touch the right feet with fingers together in such a way that the right side of the body touches the right thigh. Now take your left hand up in such a way that your biceps touch the left ear. Palm direction should be towards the floor and look the left hand upwards. This is the complete position of Parsvakonasana. Breathe normally and stay in the position for some time. Come back to the original position while exhaling. Repeat this with the other side too and this asana is complete.

Benefits: It strengthens the abdominal disorders thereby increasing the stamina of the body. It is helpful in constipation and acidity. It regulates the mensturation cycle and improves fertility. Parsvakonasana enhances lung capacity and relieves sciatic and arthritic pain. It improves digestion and helps in reducing the fat.

Warning: People suffering from insomnia, headaches, hypertension, neck problems and cervical spondylitis should not perform this asana.

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