Posture Perfect: Parsva Upavistha Konasana for Desk-Bound Bodies

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By Eliza Cohen

**Introduction**

Prolonged sitting, despite using ergonomic furniture, poses numerous health risks, including muscle strain, fatigue, and metabolic dysfunction. To mitigate these adverse effects, incorporating regular movement into the daily routine is crucial.

  • **Benefits of Parsva Upavistha Konasana:**
    • Counteracts the effects of prolonged sitting
    • Promotes spinal flexibility
    • Stretches the hamstrings

**Execution:**

  1. Adopt a seated position with legs extended in a wide “V” shape.
  2. Place the left foot on the inner right thigh and the right elbow or hand on the inner right calf.
  3. Stretch the left fingers towards the right, grasping the toes if possible.
  4. Engage the core to protect the lower back.
  5. Raise the chest, aligning the spine.
  6. Hold the position for several breaths.
  7. Repeat on the opposite side.

**Variations:**

  • For a deeper stretch, extend the top arm overhead.
  • To intensify the hamstring stretch, bend the front knee slightly.

**Conclusion**

Regular practice of Parsva Upavistha Konasana can alleviate the negative consequences of sedentary behavior on the body. This versatile pose can be incorporated into daily routines, providing benefits for individuals spending extended periods at their desks.

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