Bound Eagle / Butterfly Pose

Intermediate Pose
An excellent hip and groin opener. It metaphysically opens up the groin area helping to relieve sexual inhibitions and guilt.

HOW TO PERFORM

Seated comfortably on the ground, buttocks and hips relaxed, spine upright, bringing the soles of the feet together. Knees are bent, dropping to the side.
Pull the feet in as close as possible towards the pelvis, using the hands to open the soles of the feet like a book.
Take a deep inhalation, pull the stomach in and on the exhale bend forward over the toes. Let the top of the head reach over the toes and relax the chest towards the ground. Never force knees down to touch the ground.
Breathe. Inhale and exhale 5- 10 breaths. To come out of the pose, inhale lift chest up, keeping stomach pulled in, exhale.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

Tight lower back and hips.
Groin or knee injuries.
Lower back injury or a herniated vertebral disc.

BENEFITS

Stretches the inner thighs, groins and knees.
Helps prepare the hips and groins for meditative seated poses, which require more flexibility in these areas.
Massages your internal organs and improves digestive circulation.
Helps reduces menstrual symptoms and discomfort.
Soothes sciatica pain.
Consistent practise into late pregnancy is said to help ease childbirth.

MODIFICATIONS

Using blanket and blocks to support under the knees.
Restorative Version: Supta Baddha Konasana. Relaxes the mind, body and spirit. Can be held for 5-10 minutes.