Therapeutic Applications Of Reclining Bound Angle Pose & Steps

Supta Baddha Konasana or Reclining Bound Angle Pose is considered to be a good restorative pose. It also goes by the name of Goddess Pose.

The meaning of 'supta' in Sanskrit is reclining, 'baddha' is bound and 'kona' is angle. Like Baddha Konasana (Butterfly Pose or Cobbler's Pose), which is the seated version, this is an excellent asana for the reproductive organs, hips, and thighs.

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Steps:

  1. To perform this pose, you should first sit on a yoga mat or on the floor with your soles pressed together. Keep your knees bending outward and your heels pulled in as near to your body without any strain.
  2. If you are making use of a blanket to give support to your knees, wrap it under your knees and around you.
  3. To give support to your back you could place some stiff blankets under your back lengthwise so that your torso and head will have support when you lie down. Make sure that the width of the blankets is sufficient to go beneath your shoulders. The position of the blankets should be such that it fits well with your spines curve when you lie down. You could also make use of a blanket to provide support to your head.
  4. Place the blankets behind you for your head and torso to be supported when you come to the lying position. You may have to try it out to check how many blankets will be necessary.
  5. Lower yourself gently to the yoga mat and/or blankets.
  6. Bring your arms out to your sides at a 45 degree angle and keep your palms facing up. Let your eyes close and your breathing be normal.
  7. Initially, you can remain in this pose for a minute, but you can gradually increase the amount of time to around 10 minutes.

Precautions :

  • Avoide this pose if you suffer from a shoulder or hip injury.
  • If you have a groin or knee injury you should perform this pose with a yoga blanket placed under your outer thigh to provide support.
  • You should also avoid this pose postpartum.
  • Refrain from practicing this pose till the pelvic area muscles, which get loose after child birth, come back to their pre-pregnancy tightness.

Beginner's Tip :

A good beginner's tip for this pose is to keep a towel below your spine and rest on it if you find it uncomfortable. If your groin or knees are uncomfortable, you could keep pillows under the knees for more comfort.

Benefit To Body Part :

  • It helps in stretching the inner thighs and knees and in opening up the groins.
  • It is effective in stimulating the organs of the abdomen, the kidneys, the bladder, the ovaries, and the prostate gland.
  • It is a good yoga pose for pregnant women as it opens up the pelvic region. Do consult a doctor before undertaking any exercise regime when pregnant.

Therapeutic Applications :

  • Its effectiveness in reducing the symptoms of tension and stress, menopause, menstruation, and mild depression.
  • It helps improve the circulation of blood by stimulating the functioning of the heart.
  • It provides relief to patients who are bound to a wheelchair.
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