Upavistha Konasana – Seated Wide Angle Pose
What is Upavistha Konasana – Seated Wide Angle Pose?
In Sanskrit ‘Upvistha’ means ‘Seated’or ‘sitting’ , ‘ kona’ means ‘angle’ and ‘asana’ means ‘posture’. It is also known as Seated Wide Angle Pose. It opens up the hips and stretches out both the hamstrings, the inner thighs, back and shoulders. This pose also improves circulation in the pelvic area and abdominal area and gives a good flexibility to the whole body.
Upavistha Konasana Steps
1.Start from Dandasana.Open the legs wide out as is comfortable.
2. Keep the thigh muscles engaged and the feet flexed.
3. Make sure the toes are pointing straight up to the ceiling.
4. Press the legs down into the floor. Come into a forward bend between the legs. Stay for 20 to 30 seconds. Release and come back to Dandasana.
Upavistha Konasana Benefits
1. It stretches the adductor muscles of the groin.
2. It stretches the hamstring muscles.
3. It strengthens the spine.
4. It calms the nervous system.
5. It can relieve one from sciatic pain.
6. It massages the abdominal organs and as well as the prostrate, bladder and reproductive organs.
Upavistha Konasana Dos and Don’ts
If you suffer from hamstring or groin injury and lower back injury then don’t do this asana.