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Parshvasana is an Asana. It is translated as Side Stretch Pose from Sanskrit. The name of this pose comes from parshva meaning side and asana meaning posture or seat. This pose is a variation of Tadasana.


  1. Begin in Tadasana / Mountain Pose.
  2. Inhale and move your left arm towards the ceiling while expanding your upper ribs.
  3. Straighten your back and look at your palm.
  4. Exhale and bend towards your right without disturbing your lower body.
  5. Feel the stretch on the left side of your body.
  6. Stick your right arm to the right side of your torso.
  7. Stay in this pose for 3 long breaths.
  8. Inhale and come into Tadasana / Mountain Pose.
  9. Exhale and repeat the posture on your other side. [1]

Technique in pictures/animation


  • Reduces stress and fatigue.
  • Stretches the sides, shoulders, arms and spine.
  • Strengthens the abdominal muscles.
  • Improves digestion.
  • Improves flexibility and balance.
  • Improves blood circulation.[2]

Related Asanas

Special requisites

It is essential to practice this pose correctly to avoid injury.

  • Anyone suffering from severe lower back, shoulder or neck injuries.
  • Anyone suffering from headache or heart problems.

Initial practice notes


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