Yoga Pose of the Week-Side Angle Variations

This week we explore Side Angle pose and all of the wonderful variations that go with it. There's the traditional side angle pose, extended side angle variations, and bound side angle. Depending on how the body is feeling on any given day, we can play around with our arm placement and adjust to whichever type of side angle that feels good for our body.

The setup: legs/feet are the same as in Warrior II. Front foot points forward, back foot points to the side of your mat at 90 degrees. Front knee is bent, stacked over the ankle. Torso is rotated open, lengthening through the side of the body. Arm placements depends on which variation is being done.  

 
 Side Angle: One elbow gently rests on the thigh, the other arm is reaching overhead by the ear. 

Side Angle: One elbow gently rests on the thigh, the other arm is reaching overhead by the ear. 

 Extended Side Angle Variation: Engage the core, arms next to ears lengthening away from the back leg.

Extended Side Angle Variation: Engage the core, arms next to ears lengthening away from the back leg.

 Extended Side Angle: Arms make a line perpendicular to the floor, fingertips reaching in opposite directions. 

Extended Side Angle: Arms make a line perpendicular to the floor, fingertips reaching in opposite directions. 

 Bound Side Angle: From side angle, bring the arm that is resting on top of the thigh to the inside of the thigh and underneath. Reach the lifted arm around the back, sliding it down until it meets the other hand.

Bound Side Angle: From side angle, bring the arm that is resting on top of the thigh to the inside of the thigh and underneath. Reach the lifted arm around the back, sliding it down until it meets the other hand.

Danielle Thompson