Side Angle Pose

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Side Angle Pose (Figure 2.20) is similar to Triangle Pose in that it involves a similar leg stance. Like Triangle Pose, the pose strengthens the legs and opens the hips. However, in this pose the strengthening is concentrated in the thigh area.

Children with ASDs often have difficulty with competitive sports. These children need to find a physical way to release anxiety and stress. A fundamental idea of yoga is that practicing yoga should not cause mental or physical stress. When practicing yoga, your child does not have to worry about keeping up with others.

Strengthening poses provide muscle toning in an environment that is relaxing and noncompetitive. Since Side Angle Pose uses the large muscles ofthe leg it helps to release accumulated tension in these muscles and in the rest of the body.

Correct positioning is the key for this pose to yield desired benefits. Your child will probably need a lot of encouragement because the pose requires effort and strength, more than with most other poses. You may make modifications such as holding the pose for a shorter period or decreasing the angle of the bent leg. This will make the pose more comfortable for your child until his strength increases. You may use him as a guide to let you know when he begins to feel uncomfortable. When beginning to teach him this pose, you may have him hold the pose for as short a period as only one second.

Depending on his muscle strength, he may have to build up to this pose gradually. He should be able to feel his strength and endurance increase each time he practices. He may feel a sense of accomplishment that will carry over into other areas of his life.

He can visualize his legs pressing into the ground and his arm extending into the sky. You can tell him to "see" his arm as a strong arrow pointing into the sky. He can imagine energy coming from the ground, through his legs and up through his arms and fingers and his fingers shooting a glow of energy into the sky.

1. Start in Mountain Pose and take a deep breath.

2. Spread your feet out (about one leg length).

3. Keep your heels along an imaginary straight line.

4. Turn your right foot out about ninety degrees and left foot in about forty-five degrees.

5. Align your right heel with your left foot arch.

6. Raise your arms out to the side until they are at even height with your shoulders.

7. Slowly bend your right knee until it is as close to ninety degrees as possible. Your child may only be able to bend the knee a little. The benefit of the pose is not from how far the knee is bent.

8. Try to make the left leg and foot press into the floor so it may take some of the weight off the body and relieve pressure on the right leg.

9. Both feet should feel grounded into the floor and the legs should feel strong. Often, there is an intense feeling in the forward leg, where the muscles are really working. Make sure to keep your breathing deep and slow and try to breathe into the intense feeling of the leg.

10. Bend your right forearm and place it on the bent right leg. Try to keep your chest rolled open and not turned down towards your legs.

11. If it is too difficult to put your forearm on your thigh, you can place your forearm on a stool (Figure 2.21). This will relieve some of the weight from your front leg.

12. Your left hand may remain resting on your left hip during initial sessions. Over time, you will want to raise your left arm above your left ear for the full pose.

13. You may look either down to the mat to release your neck, or gaze upward toward your left arm, if this is comfortable.

14. Maintain the pose for one or two breaths during initial sessions, increasing to five full breaths over time.

15. When finished with this side, drop your arms, straighten your legs, and take a deep breath.

16. Point your feet to the left and perform the pose on the left side.

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