ANATOMY OF YOGA: BADDHA KONASANA
The 30Fifteen Blog is back again with our Anatomy of Yoga post, and this week, we’re exploring Baddha Konasana. Also called Bound Angle Pose, Baddha Konasana might look simple, but it is not to be underestimated. This pose is perfect for opening the hips and giving you a sense of grounding, all while helping you lengthen the spine. It improves flexibility in your thighs and groin and helps alleviate digestive or menstrual pains.
Here’s how to do it:
Start seated with your legs straight out in front of you. On an exhale, bend the knees, pulling your heels in towards the pelvis. Drop your knees out to the sides, pressing the soles of your feet together. With your heels as close to your pelvis as you comfortably can, with the outer edges of your feet firmly on the floor. Allow the inner thighs to rotate towards the ceiling, and draw the knees down towards the floor. Please, don’t force your knees down to the ground. Gravity is all the force that you need. Lengthen through the spine, keeping the lower belly engaged, and breathe. On an inhale, place your hands on the outside edges of your knees and slowly draw them together, and then straighten the legs out in front of you.
*Please note these instructions are very basic guides. If you are new to yoga, please find a local studio near you and take a couple of classes before attempting to practice alone. We cannot be held responsible for an injury caused by following these instructions.