"Kona" is the Sanskrit word for 'angle'. This pose serves as a warm up pose for more complicated angle poses like Baddha Konasana, Upavistha Konasana etc.
- Stand erect with your hands on both sides. The palms should be touching the thighs.
- Gradually separate your legs until they are about two to three feet apart.
- Raise both your hands till shoulder level.
- Stretch them out and align them parallel to your shoulder.
- Inhale and bend to your right side sliding the right hand down the right thigh and raising the left hand straight up.
- Try to stretch the right hand more and touch the right ankle with your fingers.
- Keep the left hand straight without bending the elbow.
- Bring down the left hand and place it on your waist.
- Hold this posture for a few seconds.
- Exhaling return to the standing position with your hands stretched out parallel.
- Do not move you feet.
- Repeat the same steps on the other side, alternating the hands.
- Do not jump to create distance between your legs.
- Never overstretch yourself while trying to reach the ankles.
- Patients of spondylitis and hypertension should not practice this posture.
- This pose is helpful in relieving back pain.
- Flexibility of the spine increases.