Extended side angle pose is an energising asana with many physical benefits for the body, like strengthening the legs, toning the abdomen and increasing flexibility in the spine.
**You can also follow in this pose from Warrior II, with the right knee bent and follow from step 4.
Advanced option - PARIVRTTA PARSVAKONASANA:
Whilst your right forearm is on the right knee, bring your left palm together with your right palm, forming a triangle with your elbows and hands, and bring your left elbow onto the right knee, and gently twist toward the right.
Stretches the legs, arms and back
Provides flexibility to the spine
Increases balance in the feet and legs
Strengthens the ankles
Tones the abdomen
Opens the chest
Energises the body
Releases tension and feelings of stress
Contraindications: (consult this pose with your general medical practitioner if you have the following)
Weakness in the ankles and knees
High or low blood pressure