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Parsva Konasana – Extended Side Angle Pose

Parsva Konasana, also known as Extended Side Angle Pose, is a standing yoga asana that stretches and strengthens the legs, hips, and spine, and improves flexibility and balance. Here are the steps to perform the pose:

  • Begin in Tadasana (Mountain Pose) at the top of your yoga mat.
  • Step your left foot back about 3-4 feet and turn it out at a 90-degree angle, while keeping your right foot pointing forward.
  • Bend your right knee so that it is directly over your ankle, while keeping your left leg straight and strong.
  • Reach your right arm forward and place your right hand on the floor or a block on the outside of your right foot.
  • Extend your left arm up towards the ceiling, with your palm facing forward.
  • Gently turn your head to gaze up at your left hand.
  • Keep your hips squared towards the front of the mat.
  • Hold the pose for 30-60 seconds, or longer if you feel comfortable.
  • To come out of the pose, inhale and press into your right foot to straighten your right leg, and lower your arms down to your sides.
  • Repeat the pose on the other side, stepping your right foot back and bending your left knee.


  • If you have trouble reaching the floor with your hand, you can place a block under your hand for support.
  • If you have knee problems, you can decrease the depth of the knee bend or skip the pose altogether.
  • If you have neck problems, you can keep your gaze forward instead of turning your head to gaze up at your hand.

Note: Parsva Konasana can be a challenging pose, especially if you are new to yoga. It is important to approach the pose with caution and to listen to your body. As with any yoga pose, if you have any medical conditions, it is important to consult with a qualified yoga teacher or healthcare professional before attempting this pose.