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Baddha Utthita Parsvakonasana, also known as Bound Extended Side Angle

Pictured: The bind!

Baddha Utthita Parsvakonasana, also known as Bound Extended Side Angle, is a challenging yoga pose that offers so many benefits for the mind and body. This pose combines the benefits of Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle) with an added twist and bind, making it an excellent way to strengthen and stretch the entire body.

To practice Baddha Utthita Parsvakonasana, begin in Tadasana (Mountain Pose) at the top of your mat. Step your left foot back about 3-4 feet and turn it out at a 45-degree angle. Bend your right knee so that it is directly over your ankle, making sure that your knee does not extend past your ankle. Extend your left arm up towards the ceiling and take your right forearm to your knee.

From here, you can deepen the pose by adding a bind. Reach your left arm behind your back and clasp your left wrist with your right hand. If you are unable to reach your wrist, you can use a strap or towel to help make the connection. Hold the pose for several breaths before releasing and repeating on the other side.

Baddha Utthita Parsvakonasana offers numerous benefits for both the mind and body. Physically, this pose helps to stretch and strengthen the legs, hips, shoulders, chest, and spine. It also helps to improve balance and stability while toning the abdominal muscles.

Mentally, Baddha Utthita Parsvakonasana can be a challenging pose that requires focus and concentration. As you work to find balance in this pose, you may find that you are better able to quiet your mind and focus on the present moment.

In addition to Baddha Utthita Parsvakonasana, there are several other poses that can help to build strength and flexibility in the body. Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose) is a great pose for stretching the hamstrings, hips, and spine while building strength in the legs. Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II Pose) is another excellent pose for building strength in the legs and improving balance and stability.

By practicing this pose regularly, along with other strengthening and stretching poses, you can improve every part of your life.

- Sat Nam

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