How to do Pyramid Pose

Learn the foundations of this soothing and strengthening yoga pose with this step-by-step guide.

Pyramid pose, or Parsvottanasana, is a pose that is typically practiced near the end of the standing portion of yoga class. While it is a relaxing posture, it also requires a good bit of attention to detail and strength. Use these tips to help find balance and enjoyment out of this pose’s setup.

PURPOSE OF THE POSE

Can help relax the upper body. Help strengthen the lower body and teaches balance and focus.

HOW TO

  • Start at the front of your mat in Mountain Pose
  • Step your left foot back approximately 18 inches
  • Turn your left foot out between a 30- and 45-degree angle
  • Bring your hands to your hips
  • Breathe in and lean back slightly, then fold forward and drape your upper body over your front thigh, relaxing your back as you roll forward
  • Bring your hands to the mat on either side of your front foot. Use a yoga block on either side of your front foot if your mobility won’t allow you to reach that far
  • Put a soft bend in your front knee
  • Press your back foot into the floor. You can also softly bend your back knee to help relax your upper body
  • Bring your hands back to your hips. Lift halfway, then return to standing and switch sides

COMMON MISTAKE

Avoid tensing your upper body. Instead, try to relax your shoulders, head and neck to enjoy the pose’s restorative qualities.

Try holding Pyramid for five to 10 breaths. Add on to your practice by learning complementary standing poses like Triangle, Warrior 1 and Warrior 2.