What is term Lateral flexion, in asana movement?
In yoga, lateral flexion refers to a movement that involves bending the spine sideways to the left or right. This movement is often used in poses such as triangle pose (Trikonasana) and extended side angle pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana) to stretch the muscles along the side of the torso and improve spinal mobility. In lateral flexion, one side of the torso is lengthened while the other side is shortened, creating a lateral stretch that can help to release tension in the neck, shoulders, and hips, as well as improve breathing and digestion. It is important to maintain proper alignment in the spine during lateral flexion, avoiding collapse or compression in the lower back and maintaining length and openness in the chest and shoulders.