Supported Supta Baddha Konasana (reclined bound angle pose) is a restful restorative hip and heart opener and one of my favourite yin poses.
Benefits can include... *Stretches the inner thighs and groin *Relieves stress and negative emotions
*Decreases heart rate and blood pressure
*Supported posture allows muscular tension to release particularly the abdomen
*Opens the chest for deeper breathing
*Simulates abdominal organs, can be relieving for IBS and menstrual cramps
Caution is advised if suffering from knee, back or hip injuries and is best avoided for at least 8 weeks post pregnancy (to allow pelvic muscles time to heal)
Begin seated cross legged, position your bolster or rolled blanket in to the small of your back.
Next bring the soles of you feet together and let you knees ease out to the sides.
Use blocks or cushions to support your knees on both sides if this feels appropriate for you.
With hands at your sides lower yourself first to your elbows and then right the way down to rest your back on your bolster.
Allow your arms to rest open at your sides, or feel welcome to rest them on your heart, or, bring your arms out at shoulder height then bend your elbows to cactus 🌵 arms.
Bring focus to your inner thighs and groin, be aware of subconscious gripping of the muscle here,if you find it, let it go.
Connect with your breath, close your eyes and melt in to your bolster.
Remain for a few minutes or as long as is comfortable for your body.
To exit the pose slowly lift back to your elbows, then your hands. With your feet hip width apart allow your knees to rest against each other for a few deep breaths.