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Yoga Poses Bound Angle

Yoga Poses Bound Angle

Introduction: Bound Angle Pose or simply Baddha Konasana is a well-known yoga pose that opens the groins and hips. Also called “Cobbler’s Pose”, this yoga posture got its name from the three Sanskrit

words
“Baddha” – meaning ‘bound’
“Kona” – meaning ‘angle’ &
“Asana” – meaning ‘pose’

Type of Level: Bound Angle Pose is the basic yoga posture suggested to beginners. As one can easily practice it, it is assigned to the category - beginner level.

How to Perform

  • Sit with your spine straight and legs outstretched in front of you. Bring your feet together such that the soles get pressed and your knees face sideward. Interlace your fingers around the toes.
  • Inhale and press your hips down. Sit straight and drop your shoulders down & back and press your chest towards the front. Press your knees down towards the mat.
  • Gaze at the tip of the nose or look straight ahead.
  • Keeping your chest open and the back flat, exhale and pull the torso forward.
  • Hold this pose for 4-8 breaths.
  • To release, first release your clasp from the toes. Then, lift the knees away from the floor and extend your legs back to their original position.

Benefits of Bound Angle Pose (Baddha Konasana):

  • Opens the chest and hips
  • Stretches the ankles, knees, inner thighs and groins
  • Stimulates the abdominal and lower glands including ovaries, kidneys and bladder
  • Stimulates circulation in the pelvic area
  • Lengthens the spine
  • Relieve anxiety, depression and fatigue
  • Stimulate the nervous, reproductive and respiratory organs
  • Helps relieve menstrual pains
  • Helps in childbirth
  • Therapeutic for infertility and high blood pressure

Best Place to Perform: For performing Bound Angle Pose or Baddha Konasana, you should choose an isolated room that is free from any kind of disturbance. The place should be clean, dirt-free and well-ventilated. Better is to open all the windows and practice. Your yoga room should also have adequate fluorescent lighting.

Precautions While Performing Bound Angle Pose:

  • Avoid performing the Bound Angle Pose if you are suffering from knee or groin injury. Also, if you had these injuries in the past, consult a doctor before practicing it. For any other medical issue, same thing is recommended.
  • If your hips are tight, you may face some difficulty in opening your thighs. If so, NEVER force this pose. It’s better to work within one’s own range of limits.
  • Hire a good yoga teacher or instructor if you are a beginner. It is always good to perform the yoga poses under his/her supervision.
  • People with high blood pressure and cardiac problems should take be careful while bending.
  • Women should avoid this pose in their menstruating days.