Parsva means side, flank or oblique; baka means a crane or a wading bird. In Parsva Bakasana the legs are in a lateral position.

Parsva Bakasana

Technique

  1. Perform Salamba Sirshasana II.
  2. Exhale and bend the knees so that the thighs touch the stomach and chest.
  3. Keep both thighs and feet together. Turn the bent legs and trunk obliquely to the right. Rest the left thigh on the back of the upper right arm as near the armpit as possible. Take a few deep breaths and balance.
  4. Then with an exhalation lift the head from the floor, tighten the muscles near the diaphragm, straighten the arms and balance on the hands. Stay in this position for a few seconds with even breathing. Greater strain will be felt on the apparently free arm.
  5. Bend the elbows, rest the head on the floor and again go back to Salamba Sirshasana II.
  6. Then bend the knees and turn the bent legs obliquely to the left. Rest the right thigh on the back of the upper left arm as near the armpit as possible. Exhale, lift the head off the floor and balance as in position 4·
  7. Go back again to Salamba Sirshasana II after resting the head on the floor. Then either lower the legs to the floor and relax or move into Urdhva Dhanurasana and stand up in Tadasana. When one has mastered Viparita Chakrasana, it is a soothing exercise after practising Urdhva Dhanurasana.

Effects of Parsva Bakasana

Parsva Bakasana strengthens the arms. By continued practice the lateral muscles of the abdomen will develop and the intestines will grow stronger.

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