2 PREPARATION FOR UTTHITA PARSVAKONASANA
Extended Side Angle Pose
In lateral standing poses, a dowel can be used in many ways. This version, with one arm up and one arm down, allows you to rest your head against the dowel once you move into the pose and to use it as light resistance to help turn your trunk away from the floor. Resting your lower hand on the dowel and using it for support takes weight off your front leg and hip. Pressing the dowel against your leg gives your front sit bone a point of resistance against which to press forward. This preparation can also be used for Triangle Pose. Hold the dowel vertically in your right hand, and walk your feet apart about 4 feet, or a full leg length. Turn your right foot toward the front of your mat, and position the dowel in front of your right leg, just above your knee joint. Lift your left arm above your head, keeping your elbow bent, and take hold of the dowel, palm facing forward. Holding the dowel in place, bring your right arm and shoulder forward in front of the dowel. Take hold of it with your right hand facing back, palm against the dowel.