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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.


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]


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]


  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)