In my article on Tadasana, I’ve explained few common instructions applicable to all the asanas. We now discuss Konasana which means Angle Pose. Though no mention of this asana is made in the classical texts of Yoga, traditionally it has assumed importance and popularity amongst the physical instructors. This asana is also known as the counter pose of Paschimottanasana.
Method / Technique for Konasana
- Stand like a straight line with legs together. Keep the hands by the side of the thighs, touch them.
- Make adequate distance, preferably about two feet between two legs. Stretch the legs gradually.
- Raise both the hands evenly in their respective sides and bring them on parallel line with the shoulders.
- Inhale and bend towards the right, slowly bring the right hand down, and take the left hand pointed towards the sky. Keep it straight without bending the elbow.
- Bring down the left hand and keep it on the waist.
- Make efforts to take the right hand up to your right ankle. Hold on to the position for a few seconds.
- Exhale and revert to the original position slowly. Stand straight and let the hands remain parallel to the shoulder line once again. You continue to maintain the distance between the feet and you are not to move it.
- Continue to perform as per the above procedure with the left hand. With this you complete one round of Konasana. Repeat this asana several times, as this is a great physical fitness exercise.
- As you make rounds of this asana, do not jump to establish/retain the distance between two legs. You need to perform this asana in such a manner, the distance that you have earmarked while doing the first round, should be maintained, without adjustments/movements on either side. As with most of the asanas, one finds it difficult to attain the final position in this asana as well. Practice it steadily and regularly.
Physical/therapeutic benefits of Konsasna
- Maximum impact is on spine. It attains flexibility.
- Those with back pain will get relief with slow and steady practice. Avoid force and jerks while practicing.
- Since the feet and toes are firmly placed on the ground, calf muscles are impacted and toned up.
- The waste matter that is accumulated around the navel region is beneficially affected as the practice of this asana results in proper functioning of the excretory system.
- Shoulders and wrists are strengthened.
- Throughout the process the knees should not bend.
It can be practiced anytime, during the day or night, and is right for every age group. This is also a warm up asana for more difficult and complicated asanas like Baddha Konasana, Upavistha Konasana etc.
While trying to reach the ankles do not stretch beyond your capacity especially in the initial stage. Individuals afflicted with cervical and lumbar spondylitis should not do this asana. For those with hypertension this asana is not advisable. During pregnancy do not practice this asana.