The summer solstice — the longest day of the year — is nearly here. Reflect on this changing of seasons with a deep, strengthening stretch from Jessie James. This pose can be challenging at first, so be sure to check out the Honest tip to ensure you are doing it correctly.
Bound Side Angle Pose
Baddha Utthita Parsvakonasana
Benefits: This pose strengthens your legs, knees, and ankles; while stretching and opening your shoulders and chest. It builds strength, stamina, and flexibility all at once.
Honest Tip: This pose requires strength, flexibility, and balance, so be sure to build from the feet up. Make sure your weight stays in the heel of your front foot while you seal the back edge of your back foot to the mat. If the bind is too intense you can use a half bind or a strap. Try to keep your shoulder blades on your back and your spine long. Once you find your fullest expression of the pose, breathe deeply and practice often.
Now go pause, pose, and find peace!