Wide Angle Seated Forward Bend Pose - Upavistha Konasana
Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend Pose or Upavistha Konasana in Sanskrit is a seated forward bend that requires flexibility. The term comes from the Sanskrit “upavistha”, meaning “seated” or “sitting,” “kona”, meaning “angle,” and “asana”, meaning pose or “posture”.
From a seated position, the legs are spread wide and the upper body folds forward. In addition to a range of physical benefits, this pose calms the mind and the nervous system.
The common English name for Upavistha Konasana is Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend, but sometimes it is also referred to as simply Seated Angle Pose.
- By Type: Flexibility Yoga Poses
- Body Position: Forward Bend Yoga Poses, Seated Yoga Poses
- Difficulty: Intermediate
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Benefits and Contraindications
Strengthens and stretches the inner and back legs and the spine
Tones the abdominal organs
Calms the brain
Relieves mild backache
Lower back or a herniated disk injury
Torn groin or hamstring
Photo poses in different angles
This asana is quite challenging for beginners, so if you find it hard to bend forward, you could bend your knees gently. You could even use blankets to support your knees.
While moving forward in bend, make sure your kneecaps point upwards throughout the asana and your spine is straight. Draw an invisible line from your lower back to the crown of your head and keep it straight while bending forward.
Engage your core and pelvic muscles as if you want them to meet each other.
Frequently Asked Questions
Modifications & Variations
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- Seated Side Stretch Pose
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- Seated Straddle Pose Head Block
- Wall Straddle Pose
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