Prasarita (प्रसारित) = Spread out
Pada (पाद) = Foot
Uttan (उत्तान) = Extended
Asana (आसन) = Pose, Posture, Seat
This posture is a standing wide leg forward fold that has several variations. As like many of the standing postures you will not find this pose in ancient texts or images, rather this posture appears in the 1900’s in the teachings of Krishnamacharya. This pose is predominantly displayed in the primary series of Ashtanga Yoga by Pathabbi Jois with four specific variations labeled A, B, C,& D. B.K.S. Iyengar also uses this posture in his work, “Light on Yoga”. Seated and supine variations known as upavista konasana and supta konasana use the same shape with differences in gravitational direction and weight bearing.
How to do utkata konasana A
Preparatory posesReclining Angle Pose (Supta Konasana)
Seated Wide Leg Forward Fold (Upavistha Konasana)
Happy Baby Pose (Ananda Balasana)
5 pointed Star Pose
Utkatasana. www.ashtangayoga.info, Retrieved 6 August 2020.
Kona www.wisdomlib.org Retrieved 4 August 2020
Swenson, D. (1999) Ashtanga Yoga, the Practice Manual. (6th Edition) (Woodruff, C, Ed.). Houston, TX, United States of America. Ashtanga Yoga Productions.
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