Parsvottanasana (Pyramid) – Overview
- Features: Parsvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch / Pyramid), and related poses such as Ardha Parsvottanasana (Half Pyramid)
- Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
- Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; contraindications and cautions; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions and cues for setting up and practicing the pose; variations to meet particular intentions and needs; and more teaching considerations.
“parsva” = flank or side
“uttana” = intense stretch
Intense Side Stretch Posture
Also known as: Pyramid Pose
Heart of Pose
- Asymmetrical Forward Bend
- Challenging pose; requires concentration.
- Balance is challenged due to narrowness of base, need for outer hip muscles to be both long and active, and inability to use eyes to help with balance. (Leslie Kaminoff)
- See Cautions for low back, hamstrings and knees.
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