Utthita Parsvakonasana / Extended side angle pose
Technique / SUP Yoga
This pose is about extending the arm, legs and stance. Already a challenging pose on land, on a SUP it’s even more of a challenge, so it’s important to take the time to get the foundations right. Start by positioning the legs even distance from the central handle of the board. Front toes pointing forward, back toes at 90 degrees. The front knee is bent at 90 degrees whilst the back leg is straight and serves as an anchor to keep you stable. Try to align your body, so it is upright but equally, try to expand horizontally creating a long line from the back foot to the hand above the head. If you lose balance, touch down on the board with the other hand to regain stability. Remember to breathe! Steady breath, steady pose! Once you have stayed in this pose for five breaths, swap sides and repeat on the other side.
This technique article was in Issue 15 of Tonic Mag.