Awake & Evolve: Cycle 2 – Side Angle Bend Pose Focus

The second cycle of Awake & Evolve workouts focuses on using the breath, building upper body stamina, and fostering a habit of regular meditation.

Side Angle Pose Focus

Starting on the right leg, place your right foot in front, slightly to the right, and your left foot out to the left at about 90 degrees. Try to find your alignment, squaring the hips to the side wall. Feel your thighs become strong as you deeply lunge into Warrior 2 pose. Stretch and lengthen through the arms, turning your head to gaze at your front middle finger. Stay here for 5 breaths and then move into side angle pose by releasing your elbow on the thigh or your fingertips to the floor next to your front right foot. Next extend your left arm straight up toward the ceiling or alongside the ear, relaxing the shoulder down the back. Take 5 long slow breaths in side angle pose feeling a deep hip and shoulder opening.

Benefits of Side Angle Pose:

  • Strengthens and opens deep in the hips, knees and ankles.
  • Stretches the chest and opens the shoulders.
  • Alleviates problems with constipation, sciatica, PMS, and menstrual issues.

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