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Parsvakonasana This is a common pose in lots of yoga classes. But what does “Parsvakonasana” mean ? “Parsva” is Sanskrit for “Side”. “Kon” is Sanskrit for “Angle”. And “Asana” means “Posture” and in this case also “Stretch”. So it is a Side Angle Stretch Posture, designed to get a lovely stretch right down one side of the body. And it builds strength in the legs, especially the thigh muscles. As with every posture, you can look in your yoga book and see the final challenging version – the first picture here. But you should also recognise your own level of…

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