This extended side angle pose strengthens thighs, hips, knees and ankles while stretching the groin, spine, waist, ankles and shoulders. It is a strong, toning and energising posture that helps to build stamina.
On the inhale we step out to the right side and on the exhale lunge deeply, aiming to have the thigh parallel to the floor with the knee directly over the ankle and in line with the hip. Take care to avoid the knee drifting out of alignment. The back leg should stay strong, with quad engaged as the outer edge of the foot stays sealed to the floor with the inner arch lifted. Ideally, a crisp straight line is created from the foot at the back to the hand that is extending overhead.
Do come and practice! Thursdays at 5.50pm in the YMCA or Tuesdays at 6pm at Response. I’m also available privately or over Skype.