In our Favorite Pose Profile, we hear from members of our teaching staff about their favorite yoga pose. We learn about why they enjoy the pose and what modifications they might recommend for students working on the pose for the first time. In her own words, this month we feature Kim Vulinovic and Side Angle Pose (Parsvakonasana).
Kim says: I love side angle pose, parsvakonasana. It stretches my side flank and sacral area in a way that is very helpful to the arthritis in my sacrum. This classic standing pose is easy to modify. To deepen the stretch, use a block on the floor instead of your knee. To stabilize the knee joint and allow for a wider stance, use a foam block between the knee cap and the wall. To open a tight chest, lean your shoulder blades back into wall or put your upper arm on your hip, elbow pointed back. For a tight or sensitive neck, look straight ahead rather than toward to ceiling. Of course, don’t forget to take a deep breath and relax your facial muscles. You don’t need them for side angle 🙂 Enjoy!