Karuna Yoga Vidya Peetham Bangalore

Parsvottanasana(Intense Side Stretch Pose)

  • This is the intense side stretch. Start in Tadasana.
  • Then walk, step or jump your feet three or three and a half feet apart.
  • Join your palms in Anjali mudra behind your back on an inhale as you draw your shoulders back.
  • Then turn your right foot out 90 degrees.
  • Turn your left foot inwards slightly so it is pointing in the direction of the right foot.
  • Make your thighs firm.
  • Now exhale and turn your torso to the right as you bend your body forward and down from the lower back.
  • Rest your forehead on your thigh or knee, if possible.
  • Stay here breathing easily for thirty seconds.
  • Then inhale and raise your head and torso back up, relax your arms down and bring your feet back so you are in Tadasana again.
  • Then repeat this on the left side.


  • Glaucoma or high blood pressure
  • Shoulder injury.


  • Opens the chest.
  • Increases balance.
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs.
  • Provides deep stretch for the legs, hips, and side torso.
  • Relieves arthritis in the neck and spine.
  • Relieves stiffness in the neck, shoulders, elbows, and wrists.

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