Parighasana, or bar across the gate pose, is a pose that takes the body into an unusual position. True side arches are not something we normally do during the course of a day.
But the spine loves to bend in all directions!
This is a great pose to help unwind the spine towards the end of your practice…to counteract the effects of previous poses such as backbends and forward folds.
asana name = parighasana
parigha = a bar used for latching a gate
asana = seat
- stretches quad, hamstring and ankle
- stimulates abdominal organs
- deep stretch to side of torso and spine
- opens the shoulders
- if there’s low-back pain, go gently.
- if there’s knee pain in bent leg, try tucking the lower leg to the inside or sit on a cushion or both.
- bend straight leg slightly
- bring bent leg into janu shirshasana
- sit on a cushion or folded blanket
- bend the straight leg placing foot against other inner thigh
brings a sense of calm alertness, openness, reaching out in unusual directions, breaking free from our habits and conditioning.
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