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The Intense Side Stretch Pose is known as the Parsvottanasana in Sanskrit. It is considered to be a very challenging and complex pose which requires balance, concentration and clarity of mind.
This pose is very effective for those with a flat feet as it cures the same.
Other Names: Pyramid Pose, Intense Flank Stretch Pose
The Intense Side Stretch Pose stretches the hamstrings, spine, shoulders, wrists and hips. It lengthens the spine and relaxes the shoulders and neck. It stimulates the digestive organs thereby improving digestion. This pose strengthens the legs and knees as well.
Parsvottanasana improves sense of balance and calms the mind. This pose improves posture of the body and tones the abdomen.
What you need: Room with fresh air (if you’re doing it inside, otherwise do it in open area), and you.
Difficulty Level: Advanced
Initial Position: Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
Drishti or Gaze: Forward
Relax in Corpse pose or Savasana.
Instead of resting the palms on the floor, beginners can cross their arms at the back, keeping them parallel to the waist. Clasp each elbow with the opposite hand. Also, if the left leg is in front, bring the left arm at the back first.
Do not perform this pose if you have a back, hamstring, shoulder or wrist injury or are suffering from high B.P. Also avoid doing this pose in case of lower back pain.