It is a standing pose asana. Parsva means side or flank and Kona means angle. It is called as Parsvakonasana or lateral angle pose. The body forms a lateral angle in the final position of this asana. During the practice of this asana, all the body muscles are used. This yoga asana is a complete Venice practice of the body, mind and soul.


  • One should always start doing the asana from the left side.
  • Stand straight on the yoga mat.
  • After that spread the feet approximately one meter apart.
  • Inhale and raise the arms sideways at the shoulder level.
  • Turn the left foot to the left side at the 90 degree angle and right foot at an angle of 60 degree to the right side.
  • The right leg should be stretched out.
  • Bend the left leg at knee forming a left angle with the thigh and the calf with left thigh parallel to the ground.
  • After exhaling bend your waist to the left side and bring the left arm down. After that, left armpit touches the inner side of the left knee. Left side of the upper trunk touches the left thigh.
  • At last the left palm should be placed on the ground at the inner side of the left foot.
  • Spine should be straight in the final posture.
  • The right foot should be flat on the ground.
  • With normal breathing hold the posture for at least 30 seconds.
  • After inhaling lift the left palm from the ground.
  • Raise the trunk and stretch the left leg.
  • Raise both the arms and after that come back to the starting position.
  • Repeat this process on the other side of the body.
  • Repeat this for at least 4 times.

Benefits of Parsvakonasana

  • Regular practice of Parsvakonasana strengthens the legs, knees and ankles.
  • Basically this is a stretching exercise and it provides a deep stretch to the back, groin and hamstring.
  • It stimulates the abdominal organs and helps to improve the digestive system.
  • It helps to cure constipation.
  • It helps to relieve the stiffness of the shoulders and the back.
  • Regular practice of this asana strengthens the muscles of the heart.
  • It increases the strength of the bones and also helps to cure the problem of Osteoporosis.
  • It helps to reduce the fat from hips and waist area.
  • Regular practice of Parsvakonasana helps to improve the stamina.
  • Regular practice of this asana helps to tone up the muscles of the abdominal area.
  • This practice improves the breathing capacity of lungs.
  • Regular practice of this asana helps to cure the problem of fertility.
  • Regular practice of this asana helps to strengthen the spine and chest area by stretching them properly.
  • Regular practice of this asana is a very good and helpful remedy for relieving back pain.
  • It helps to reduce menstruation related problems and is very beneficial for women.
  • By doing this asana regularly, the body becomes energetic and active.
  • By practicing this asana daily, the flexibility of all body parts increases.


  • This asana should only be practised after doing some of the basic warm up exercises.
  • People with constant headache and migraine problem should avoid doing this asana.
  • People with high blood pressure problem should avoid raising their arms up. Instead, they should keep their palms on their hips.
  • People who have suffered with groin injury should do this yoga practice while maintaining a shorter stance.
  • People who have undergone any major surgery/surgeries should avoid doing this asana for at least 9 to 12 months after it and if they want to start this after the mentioned period of time, they should discuss it with their doctor.
  • People who have neck problems/injuries should avoid looking upward instead they should look forward while doing this asana.
  • People who have insomnia should avoid doing this asana.
  • People who have Cervical Spondylosis should avoid doing this asana.
  • People who have recently recovered from any injury/surgery should only do this asana in the presence of a professional yoga trainer.

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