Variation Baddha Konasana - Bound Angle Pose
Balance Alliance Challenge with @Cyogalab
1. From a seated position, bring the bottoms of the feet together with the knees bent out to the sides into bound angle pose.
2. Inhale and press the hips down, push the heels really close to the inner groin and send the knees down to the floor.
3. Think about rotating at the hip joint
4. Use your arms to gently press on your inner thighs, keep making space at the hip with your breath as you bring yourself up onto the outer shin.
- Strengthens and improves flexibility in the inner thighs, groins and the knees
- Helps prepare the hips and groins for meditative seated poses, which require more flexibility in these areas
- Helps to sooth menstrual discomfort and digestive complaints
- Stimulates the abdominal organs, potentially improving the health of the ovaries, prostate gland, kidneys and bladder.
- Alleviates fatigue, according to traditional yoga texts
- Helps open up the lower back and relieves sciatica
- Metaphysically opens up the groin area helping to relieve sexual inhibitions and guilt.
- Knee injury (for unsupported version)
- Low-back pain
Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
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- Lie on your stomach with your feet hip-width apart and your arms by the side of your body.
- Fold your knees and hold your ankles.
- Breathing in, lift your chest off the ground and pull your legs up and back.
- Look straight ahead with a smile on your face. Curve your lips to match the curve of your body!
- Keep the pose stable while paying attention to your breath. Your body is now taut as a bow.
- Continue to take long deep breaths as you relax in this pose. But don’t get carried away! Do not overdo the stretch.
- After 15 -20 seconds, as you exhale, gently bring your legs and chest to the ground. Release the ankles and relax.
- Strengthens the back and abdominal muscles
- Stimulates the reproductive organs
- Opens up the chest, neck and shoulders
- Tones the leg and arm muscles
- Adds greater flexibility to the back
- Good stress and fatigue buster
- Relieves menstrual discomfort and constipation
- Helps people with renal (kidney) disorder
- Expands chest and shoulders
- Mobilizes spine
- Stretch hip flexors and core musculature
- Stretch front of shins
- Strengthen gluteus muscles of the hip and hamstrings at the back of the thigh
- Strengthen low back musculature
- Relieves some forms of low back pain
- Therapeutic for asthma, opening accessory muscles of breathing
- Traditionally thought to tone the abdominal organs and stimulate organs of the neck
Contraindications of the Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)
- Do not practice Bow Pose (Dhanurasana) if you have high or low blood pressure, hernia, neck injury, pain in the lower back, headache, migraine or a recent abdominal surgery.
- Ladies should avoid practicing this yoga pose during pregnancy.
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