Gate Pose – a lovely side stretch!

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Gate pose, or Parighasana in Sanskrit, is a yoga posture that has many benefits for the body and mind.

It’s a gorgeous side stretch for starters !!!

But yes it provides a deep stretch to the side body, which can help to relieve tension and tightness in the muscles along the ribcage, waist, and hips.

Practicing Gate pose may also help to increase flexibility and range of motion in the spine, and hips. Apparently it can also help improve digestion by stimulating the abdominal organs and promoting the flow of digestive juices.

Towards the end of the video I raise the outstretched leg – this requires the engagement of the core muscles, which can help to strengthen the muscles of the abdominal wall. Worth engaging your pelvic floor lightly throughout too, (Mula Bandha)

Given our sedentary society practicing Gate pose regularly can help to improve posture by lengthening the spine, opening the chest, and strengthening the muscles of the back. So, if you’re able to (as in safe to do so with no medical issues / see a medical professional if unsure)…then start with placing a cushion under a knee and begin gently…. Enjoy!

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