Pārśvottānāsana

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Parśvottānāsana variant with hands brought to the floor

Pārśvottānāsana (Sanskrit: पार्श्वोत्तानासना) or Intense Side Stretch Pose is a standing and forward bending asana in hatha yoga.

Etymology[edit]

The name of the pose is from the Sanskrit प्रसव (parshva) meaning "side", ुत (ut) meaning "intense", तन (tan) meaning "to extend", and आस (asana), meaning "seat" or "pose".[1]

Description[edit]

The pose is entered from Tadasana. The hands are pressed palms together in prayer position behind the back, fingertips upwards. The feet are placed about a leg length apart, both legs remaining straight. The forward foot points directly forwards; the rear foot is turned forwards some 60 degrees. The hips are aligned at right angles to the feet, so that the body can move downwards in a forward bend straight over the front leg.[2][1] The hands may be taken to the floor to intensify the stretch.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mehta 1990, pp. 40–41.
  2. ^ Iyengar 1979, pp. 78–80.
  3. ^ YJ Editors (28 August 2007). "Intense Side Stretch Pose". Yoga Journal.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)

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