Yoga Pyramid Asana by Anant Yogshala
Our Yogshala and retreat center is located in Rishikesh. We teach with a focus on yoga, healing, and education. We orgnize many different retreats, yoga teacher trainings, workshops and events throughout the year. Located on the beautiful hills in Laxmanjhool Rishikesh, our center was created in 2000's and is still run by Yogi Anant; the inspired yogi that has spent over 4 decades studying, researching and practicing the science of Chakra Yoga and ancient Indian techniques he originally discovered in his childhood.
How to Do Pyramid Pose in Yoga
Pyramid Pose is a standing yoga posture that combines the benefits of three major movements: Forward bending, backward bending, and balancing. It requires intense focus and a very calm mind to balance and stay in correct alignment.
Its Sanskrit name, “Parsvottanasana” (PARZH-voh-tahn-AHS-uh-nuh), comes from four words:
“Parsva” — meaning “side” or “flank”
“Ut” — meaning “intense”
“Tan” — meaning “to stretch”
“Asana” — meaning “pose”
Because of its root words, it is also sometimes called “Intense Side Stretch” or “Intense Flank Stretch.” This pose is sometimes confused with the similarly named Extended Side Angle Pose (Parsvakonasana), which also stretches the sides of the body. However, Parsvottanasana stretches both sides of the body equally and at the same time; Parsvakonasana stretches each side separately.
Benefits of Parsvottanasana
This pose is particularly helpful in simultaneously stretching the hamstrings and shoulders. It builds balance and full body coordination, calms the mind, and improves postural habits. In addition, Parsvottanasana stretches the spine, chest, and hips. It is also known to be therapeutic for flat feet. This pose also stimulates the abdominal organs, which improves digestion.
1.Begin standing at the top of your mat with your arms at your sides in Mountain Pose (Tadasana). Turn to the left and step your feet 3 to 4 feet apart. Place your hands on your hips. Align your heels. Turn your right foot 90 degrees so the toes point to the top of the mat. Point your left toes at the top-left corner of your mat, turned about 60 degrees. In this “scissored” stance, your feet should be about hip-width apart.
2.Keeping your feet in place, turn your entire torso to face the same direction as your front foot. Press your weight evenly through the outer edge of your back foot and the big toe of your front foot.
3.Draw your left hip slightly forward, squaring your hips to the top of the mat. Draw your shoulder blades firmly into your back, but do not let your low ribs puff forward. Inhale as you reach your arms out to the sides. As you exhale, reach your arms behind your back. Clasp each elbow with the opposite hand. If your shoulders are more flexible, bring your hands into reverse prayer position, pressing your palms together and reaching your fingers toward your head.
4.On an inhalation, elongate your torso. Exhaling, fold at the hips and extend your torso over your front leg. Keep your shoulders drawing back, but do not over-arch the low back. Maintain the length of your spine. Keep the crown of your head extending forward and your tailbone reaching behind you. Be sure to fold from the hip, not the waist. Ground down through the heel of your back foot. Gaze at your front big toe.
5.Hold for up to one minute. To release, press firmly through your back heel and slowly lift your torso. Release your arms and place your hands on your hips. Change the position of your feet, and repeat on the opposite side.
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