Extended Side Angle Pose, ("Utthita Parsvakonasana" in Sanskrit) is a pose commonly taught in yoga classes. It is a pose I often include in many of my vinyasa classes at the studio. Instructors generally guide students into this pose from Warrior II, instructing to prop the lower arm on top of the bent leg and extend into side angle pose from there. To move into a deeper expression of the pose, the student can release the arm from the leg and lower that hand toward the ground, while keeping the upper body lifted and long. Extended Side Angle Pose requires quite a bit of side-body flexibility (to lower the torso and lengthen the arm), core strength (to keep from the body lifted) and hip mobility (to bend low into the leg with a wide stance).
But there is something else the body needs to do in the pose that I only just discovered......and it is the main reason I struggle with it.....
It has been a long winter. One of the longest I've experienced in my life, and it had nothing to do with the weather. As I get excited about seeing the official season near to a close, I have been reflecting on the time. It has been a rough few months...for myself and my family. Working toward a life of deep fulfillment is tough work, and with a lot of variables in the mix, it can feel like a circus balancing act. The past few weeks I have felt catapulted, emotionally. In working diligently toward what I hope to be a new path for more than a year...and have not been able to manifest much change, at least in the way I envisioned it. In fact, it has felt more like swimming against a strong current and moving ever-so-slowly backwards.
But this week, I experienced a shift. Sometimes it takes a nudge, sometimes more than a nudge...thanks to my dear husband, a good friend across the world...and this quote
Hello, I'm Julie.
One of the many things yoga taught me was empowerment...and I hope to share that with you here.
Bring wisdom, nourishment and a deeper connection to all aspects of your life.