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LATERAL SIDE ANGLE POSE (aka BENT KNEE)

“Lateral Side Angle”, a great asymmetric pose for on or off the board.

Lateral Side Angle on SUP

When to perform

  • On your leg training day.
  • Any time your emphasis is on strengthening your legs and core.
  • As part of your standing warrior series.

Benefits

  • Strengthens the ankles, knees, legs and core.
  • Enhances spinal rotation.
  • Tones the abdominal organs.
  • Works the fascia of the body all the way from the shoulders, to obliques, hips and legs.
  • Assists in expanding the thoracic diaphragm for deeper breathing.
  • It is a great transitional pose leading to several balancing poses.

Benefits specific to SUP

  • It enhances hip strength and mobility assisting with all strokes.
  • It enhances shoulder strength and mobility creating a longer and more powerful reach.
  • It creates muscle memory for the “back heel tail brace”.
  • It assists your balancing ability required for surfer’s stance.

How to perform

  • Start in Warrior II position with right leg forward.
  • Ground both feet and lift your spine up bending it laterally on the right side. Keep pushing through the outside of your back foot.
  • Place you right forearm on your right thigh, palm facing the sky.
    (*) If you wish for more of a challenge, straighten your right arm bringing your forearm off your thigh.

  • Reach your left forearm up towards the sky, rotate the palm forward and then extend it forward as a continuation of the rest of the side of your body.
  • Hold for several seconds to a minute before coming out of the pose and repeat on opposite side.

This pose can be performed statically or in a flow.

Precautionary note

This is not a medical statement, but a set of remarks concerning a particular hatha yoga pose. If you are under medical supervision and/or you have any questions whether or not to proceed with the following, please consult with your health professional.

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