Extended side angle, or utthita parsvakonasana, is said to activate our manipura chakra, the body’s center for energy and vitality. As this chakra sits in line with the stomach and gut, it makes sense that through its activation we can improve our confidence, self-assurance, wisdom ultimately leading to the ability to make correct decisions. .
The mind can often play tricks on us as the ego blocks us from embracing the present moment. Our heart can become overwhelmed with its connection to the past and its hope for the future, but the gut is where intuition lies. Activating your gut and looking inwards past your thoughts and emotions can lead us to choices that will ultimately lead us forward into a state of bliss or at least the potential of bliss. .
So free your mind, open your heart, and go with your gut.