2. Standing Side Bend
The tendency to head front-on into life has us often neglecting the muscles in the side of our bodies. Standing side bend (or Parsva Tadasana) helps us explore, open, and breathe into our side bodies to create space and flexibility. To perform standing side bend:
- Start standing straight in mountain pose (or Malasana).
- Interlace your fingers with palms facing up and reach to the right as you bend from the waist lengthening your side body.
- Return to standing and repeat on left side.