Seated Wide Angle Pose is a gentle way to relax and lubricate your hip joints while you also stretch your back. Also referred to as “Side Splits” you can even rest in Samakonasana while watching television or reading a book.
To practice Seated Wide Angle, begin on the floor in a seated position. Spread your legs as wide as you comfortably can. Keep your spine long and tall as you lean forward. Stretch your arms out and rest your forehead on the earth or a yoga block if it feels nice. You might also rest your chin in your hands. Breathe slowly and deeply for ten breaths.
Remain in Samakonasana for as long as you feel the benefits, then press yourself back up and slowly draw your legs together. Namasté!
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Images: Seated Wide Angle coloring by Miss Michele Palumbo of Bay Shore, NY. Miss Michele, who submits colorings monthly, is our number one coloring contest winner. Give her a little competition today! Yoga Teddy Bear creator K. Mae Copham demonstrates two versions of Seated Wide Angle in front of a cozy fireplace in New Paltz, NY.