RECLINING BUTTERFLY POSE

RECLINING BUTTERFLY POSE
(SUPTA BADDHA KONASANA)

HOW TO PERFORM

Lie back and step your feet in so knees are pointing up to the ceiling.

Carefully lower the knees towards either side with the soles of the feet touching. Rather than pressing the knees towards the floor allow them to soften into gravity, grounding through the groin instead.

Let the hands either rest on your belly or heart, releasing the shoulders away from the ears or raise the arms over the head holding your elbows for heart energy stimulation.

Take deep slow breaths into the belly and allow the groin and inner thighs to soften with each breath.

BENEFITS

• Stimulates abdominal organs like the ovaries and prostate gland, bladder and kidneys.
• Stimulates the heart and improves general circulation.
• Stretches the inner thighs, groins and knees.
• Helps relive stress, mild depression, menstruation and menopause.

PRECAUTIONS AND CONTRADICTIONS

With groin and knee injuries only perform this pose with rolled up blankets under the thighs for support.

MODIFICATIONS

Place a blanket or folded yoga mat under the hips for extra cushioning. Place two cushions or blocks under the thighs if the inner thigh stretch is too intense. Another way to reduce the strain is to raise the feet slightly off the floor. Use a block and place the outside edge of the feet parallel to the long axis of the block’s top face. Positioning of the arms can vary depending on personal comfort.