Extended Side Stretch With Blocks – Utthita Parsvokonasana
Get a delicious side stretch with a block.
You’ve seen people use blocks, blankets, bolsters straps, walls, chairs and maybe more! Now it’s your turn to feel for yourself why millions use props, with these simple tips.
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Extended Side Stretch Pose with Blocks
Today’s tip is extended side stretch with a block. Again, you can see, we’ve got the knee bent and Soraya’s pretty good here and just got the foot slightly forward off the knee. So if you take your foot slightly forward so we can see that – you can see that the ankle bone isn’t quite in line with the knee which is going to put a lot of pressure into the knee and the ankle joint. Where the other one is if you put the foot too far back, so if you bring the foot back towards the end of the block, yup, that’s it, bend this left knee again, and again, you can see the angle of the shin coming down through here and then pressure in the knee again.
So we’ll get this alignment correct, so if we bring the foot slightly forward, yup, that will probably do it. Bend this knee, that’s it. Take that arm nice and long, breathe. Okay, so with Soraya being in the pose, again the block possibly is a little bit too low, because this hip’s falling forward, this left buttock’s coming back towards this wall, so if we turn the back slightly on to its higher side, we can work the left heel of the hand into the block and from the outer right heel extend up into the right fingertips, and open this right hip back towards me.
To get the posing probably a little bit cleaner, if we turn the block even onto its higher side, and then press the foot. You can see, it just opens up Soraya’s body up a lot more. She draws the bellybutton in a little bit, yup. Breathe.
For Soraya, this is good, but for some people, this might be too much as well. So what we’ll do is if Soraya picks up the block and takes it around to the front of her ankle, comes back into the pose , pull that bellybutton in again, yup, and press your elbow to the knee, yup, nice. Again, it’s improving Soraya’s pose. And once again, you can start on the high side of the block or you can tip the block onto its lowest next side down. So you don’t need to get out of the pose, Soraya, if you just tip the block, yup, and just notice the difference in your body as you’re making these adjustments. Notice if you have to work the feet a bit more strongly. Keep extending up into these top fingers, from the outer right heel, all the way into the right fingertips.