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Prenatal Yoga: Extended Side Angle Pose

This active pose, known as Utthita Parsvakonasana, can help strengthen your legs and reduce swelling in your ankles and feet, which can happen as your baby grows and you gain weight. Leggings by Ingrid & Isabel Tank by Destination Maternity

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And now for the second trimester, we're going to practice a stunning pose called Utthita Parsvakonasana, or Extended Side Angle Pose. Great to strengthen your legs and improve balance. So you could bring your hands to your hips and widen your legs pretty generously. And then take your arms out so you can line up your wrist over your ankles. Bring your hands to your hips, turn your right toes to point forward and your left toes turn slightly in. Inhale, bend your right knee and then take your right elbow to the right knee and your left arm up. If you're having trouble with balance today, look down at the floor or bring your back up against the wall for extra support. And then reach your left arm up over head, feeling really lengthens through your sideways, breathe, strengthening your thighs and helping to reduce any swelling in your ankles or your feet. Extended Side Angle Pose. Move your left arm up towards the ceiling and straighten your right leg to slowly come out of it. Don't rush to come out. And turn your right toes in and your left toes forward. Same thing on the other side, inhale, reach your arms out, bend your left knee, left elbow to the left knee and your arm reaches up to the ceiling and up over head eye then looking down at the floor or up towards the ceiling. Stretching long, getting one long line from your side waist. Breathe. Don't hold your back, relax your face. You can come up out of it anytime but try to challenge yourself to build more strength in your legs. Move your right arm up to the ceiling, straighten your left leg, and all the way up to stand heel, toe, your feet together, and bow your head down to your heart.