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Pose of the Week: Bound Side Angle

BOUND SIDE ANGLE
(baddha hasta parsvakonasana)

SHAPE PREP
(from downward facing dog)
Step right foot forward between hands, pivot back heel down. Make outer heel the widest part of the pose.
Stand up, straighten front leg. Line up front heel with center of back arch.
Bend front knee over heel.
Bring right shoulder underneath right knee.
Place right hand behind right hip (more doable: place hands on floor inside front leg).

SHAPE POSE
Swing left arm onto low back, bind hands (more doable: use strap to bind).
Stack shoulders, look up (more doable: bring shoulders equidistant to floor, look down or out).

SAFETY POSE
Press back foot, front heel down; lift abdomen.
Move right hip under left hip.
Move tailbone, abdomen in.
Squeeze shoulders toward spine.

REFINEMENT POSE
Lift chest, stretch spine.

Repeat on the second side.

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