Utthita parsvakonasana

30 Dec

Utthita parsvakonasana

Drishti

Nasikagra Mudra (nose tip gazing) towards the ceiling

Bandhas

The activation of Maha Bandha is very important, Mula Bandha protects and supports the lumbar spine, Uddiyana and Jalandhara Bandhas support the thoracic and cervical spines and promote length.

Biomechanics

Utthita Parsvakonasana does not rest on a strong triangular foundation supported linearly by the bones of the feet and legs so the stability of this pose is dependent upon the strength of the quadriceps which support the stability of the front knee. It is important to co-activate the muscles of the legs so that the knee joints are supported by all the
muscles that control the knee joint creating strength and stability. It is also important to activate the feet and arches of the feet to create a strong foundation for the postural integrity of the ankles which are the foundations of the legs which act like columns to support the pelvis which is the foundation of the spine and torso. Utthita Parsvakonasana is strengthened, stabilized and made safer for the knee by having the front shin containing the tibia and fibular in a vertical position from the ankle to the knee. Mula Bandha is essential in Utthita Parsvakonasana to stabilize the pelvis and create a strong foundation that is connected to the hard working legs. A lateral vertical line in the body is created through the ankle, knee, hip, shoulder, ear, elbow, wrist and fingers and supported by the entire spine.

Doshas

Utthita Parsvakonasana calms Vata Doshas and energizes Kapha Doshas

Chakras

Focus upon Muladhara Chakra the element of Earth, which represents strength, stability, support and balance and Manipura Chakra the element of Fire, which represents creativity.

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