Parsvaika Pada Sirshasana – Parsva means sideways. Eka is one and pada is the leg. In this pose, one leg is lowered to the floor sideways in line with the head, while the other leg remains vertically up.

Parsvaika Pada Sirshasana

Technique

  1. Do this position after completing Eka Pada Sirshasana as described earlier.
  2. Exhale and lower the right leg sideways to the right, placing it on the floor in line with the head. Keep the left leg erect as in Sirshasana.
  3. It is more difficult to hold the head stand in this position than in Eka Pada Sirshasana. To balance on the head in this pose, stretch the muscles at the back of the thighs of both the legs, tighten the knees and muscles of the groin in the iliac region of the abdomen on the side of the lowered leg.
  4. Stay in this position for 10 to 20 seconds with deep breathing. Stretch the hamstrings and thighs and with an exhalation move the right leg to the Sirshasana position.
  5. Stay in Sirshasana for some time and then exhale, lower the left leg sideways to the floor until it rests in line with the head. Maintain the pose for the same length of time here also. Then exhale, and return to Sirshasana.
  6. Do not bend the knees while lowering or raising the legs or you will lose balance.

Effects of Parsvaika Pada Sirshasana

Parsvaika Pada Sirshasana makes the neck, abdominal walls and thighs powerful. It tones and strengthens the intestines and the spine.

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