Sidebends stretch the outer hips, quadratus lumborum, obliques, intercostals, serratus anterior, lats, shoulders and triceps. They improve mobility in the spine and shoulders, can alleviate shoulder and neck pain and facilitate more effective breathing. You will find a number of side-bending sequences in the Flexibility series.

Extended Side Angle opens up the hips and stretches the obliques.

Extended Side Angle

Extended Side Angle strengthens the knees, quads and hips, opens up the hips, stretches the side body and improves lung capacity.

Reclining Sidebend is a restorative reclining pose.

Reclining Sidebend

Reclining Sidebend is a restorative pose that stretches the entire length of the side body—especially the obliques, intercostals and shoulders.

Reverse Warrior is a side-bending standing pose.

Reverse Warrior

Reverse Warrior is a tricky pose that strengthens the quads and hips and stretches the side of the body as well as the calves and hamstrings.

Seated Sidebend can help to alleviate neck pain.

Seated Sidebend

Seated Sidebend is a beginner pose that opens up the hips, improves spinal mobility and stretches the obliques, lats and shoulders.

Standing Sidebend stretches the obliques and shoulders.

Standing Sidebend

Standing Sidebend is a warm up pose that can increase spinal mobility, stretch the shoulders and alleviate pain in between the shoulder blades.

Triangle is a classic standing pose that stretches the calves and hamstrings.


Triangle pose is a classic sidebend that stretches the ankles, calves hamstrings, groin, outer hips, obliques and intercostals.