Parsvakonsasna or the side angle posture is a foundational standing posture. The lower portion of the pose is set up the same as the often more familiar posture virabhadrasana b or Warrior 2. This posture functions as a hip and shoulder opener, strength builder, and a powerful spinal opener. It also creates space for the internal organs while stretching the fascia of the shoulders and belly.
Although there is a lean to the side, strictly speaking, side angle is not a side bend. Instead the upper side of the waistline contracts to keep the sides of the torso even. It strengthens the obliques when properly executed. You may still feel some intense side body stretch within the strength as the arm reaches alongside the ear where the lat stretch occurs. Modifications may be made if there is excessive tightness in the shoulders or and injury in the area as well as different variations to accommodate tightness in the hips.
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