Yoga

Angle Pose – Is it Beneficial?

Angle pose, popularly known as extended side angle pose is a standing pose practised to strengthen the ankles, knees and legs. It’s therapeutic applications include constipation, sciatica, osteoporosis and infertility. However, people with blood pressure and migraine headache can avoid this pose depending on there severity.

Benefits of Angle Pose

  • It strengthens and stretches the ankles, knees and legs
  • Stretches the waist, groins, spine, chest, lungs and shoulders
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs
  • Increases overall stamina

How to Practise Angle Pose

  • This pose is practised after the downward facing dog pose
  • From the Downward Facing Dog pose, bring your left foot forward and keep your left hand next to it
  • Drop your right heel down the floor
  • Bend your left knee so that the thigh and calf are at right angle, and the thigh should be parallel to the floor
  • You can keep your left hand outside or inside the left foot. Right arm should be lifted up towards the ceiling, opening your chest and stacking the right shoulder on the left
  • Gaze on the palm of your lifted arm and stay for few minutes (minimum 3 minutes)
  • Bring your right arm down and your left foot back, into downward facing dog pose
  • Now repeat the same steps on your right side

Cautions before Practising Angle Pose

  • People with low and high blood pressure should be careful while practising this pose
  • Insomnia and migraine headache patients can avoid this pose
  • People with neck problems can look straight ahead instead of looking at the top arm, they can also look down

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