Saturday, October 3, 2009



Forward Bend to Side

In Sanskrit parsva means "to the side," while uttana means "intense stretch." The pressure of your hands on the back while they are in the reverse prayer position helps straighten the spine. This Dynamic yoga pose also releases tension in the shoulders and opens up the chest, allowing you to stretch deeply over the forward leg. This, in turn, stretches the hamstring of the forward leg. Hold the pose for five to eight breaths, and then repeat on the left side of the body.

1 With feet wide apart and toes pointing forward, place your hands on your hips. Inhaling, turn the right foot and the pelvis to face the end of the mat. The left foot will turn in to accommodate the pelvic rotation.

2 Exhaling, place the hands together in the inverted prayer position, resting the little fingers on the spine. Keep the shoulders drawn down the back.


If you find it difficult to bring the palms of your hands together behind your back, place the backs of your hands on your lower back.

3 Inhaling, lift up the sternum, stretch both sides of your body, and slightly arch the lower back. Gaze toward open the ceiling. Do not overarch the back.

4 Exhaling fold forward over your right leg into the full pose. Gaze toward the big toe. Hold for five to eight breaths. Inhale to return to step 1, and repeat on the other side. Then jump back to the top of the mat and out to the side for the next pose.


  1. One of my favorite stretches is Parsvottanasana! But sometimes the hamstrings can be a little tight. Yoga guru Leeann Carey has a free yoga video that shows what to look for in this pose. I thought your readers would enjoy it:

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