Pyramid Pose Variation (Parsvottanasan) with a Block

Pyramid pose is a mild inversion, and can therefore help to improve circulation to the upper body, along with stretching and strengthening the legs, spine, and hamstrings. It improves posture and can aid in digestions.

In this slight variation of the pose, using a block helps students reach this pose if they have limited flexibility and teaches them to keep a strong line from the sacrum to the crown of the head.

Pyramid Pose (Parsvottanasan) with a Block: How to Do it Step-by-Step

Step 1

Place two blocks on the outer edges of your mat. Begin in Warrior 1. Inhale to fold at the hips, keeping a long spine, and reach both hands to the blocks. Keep the palms on the blocks and curl your fingers and thumbs around the outer edges for additional stability.

Step 2

Fold forward as far as is comfortable, keeping the spine extended and the shoulders rolled back. Bend the elbows for a deeper stretch if it’s comfortable.

Step 3

Stay here for 3-5 breaths. Release the blocks and inhale to slowly rise back up. Repeat on the other side.