8 Steps To Teach Extended Side Angle Pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana)
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Teach the Sanskrit
Teach your students the sanksrit by breaking it down into bite sized morsals.
It’s pronounced “oo-TEE-tah parsh-vah-cone-AHS-anna”.
Utthita = extended
Parsva = side
Kona = angle
Asana = pose
Ask your students to learn the Sanskrit by getting them to repeat it as a mantra for 5 minutes.
Teach the Symbolism
If you want to add a theme to the pose (or entire class if this is your peak pose), you could choose from one of these themes…
- Expand the field of our perception
- Going beyond limitations
- Cope and handle adversity
- Stretching your horizons
- Twist yourself to extend your capacities
Teach the Benefits
Teach your students the benefits…
- Strengthens and stretches legs, groins, hamstrings.
- Opens chest and shoulders.
Teach the Precautions
- Don’t look up for too long if you have cervical spondylosis
- Don’t raise your arm if you have a cardiac condition
- Don’t practice if you have lower back problems
- Don’t practice if you have neck pain
- Don’t practice if you have a headache
- Don’t practice if you have a diarrhoea
- Don’t practice if you have a low blood pressure
- Don’t practice if you have psoriasis
- Don’t practice if you have varicose veins
- Don’t practice if you have depression
Teach the Pose
From Down Dog right foot forward next to right hand.
Drop left heel to floor.
Bend right knee (calf & thigh at right angle with thigh parallel to floor).
Right hand inside right foot.
Left arm up.
Stack left shoulder on right.
Repeat on left.
Teach the Modifications
Knowing a few modifications for each posture you teach is really important. It will make you a versatile and much more professional yoga teacher.
If you have neck pain, don’t look up to the ceiling.
Ask your students to tap into their satya (truthfulness) to be aware how far they can venture into the posture.
Imagine your tailbone lengthening away from your crown.
Rest your back or heel against a wall if you’re struggling with balance.
If your student is struggling to reach their hand on the floor, use a yoga block.
Teach the Variations
If a student isn’t able to do this posture (or if you have advanced students), give them a variation.
Revolved triangle pose
Reclining triangle pose
Teach a Follow-up Pose
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