20 Oct 21 Day Challenge Day Sixteen: Bound Angle or Baddha Konasana
Welcome to Day Sixteen of the 21 Day Challenge.
Today’s post is Bound Angle, or Baddha Konasana in Sanskrit.
In our society we spend a great deal of time sitting; as a result our hips can become tight and inflexible. This pose, sometimes referred to as cobbler’s pose, is a great practice to counter tension and pain the result of sitting. This is a seated hip opener that improves flexibility in these areas. Practicing Bound Angle improves blood flow throughout the body, especially in the pelvis. It is also known to be therapeutic for sciatica, menstrual discomfort, and digestive issues. Sitting upright with your spine aligned also calms the mind resulting in reduced stress and anxiety.
Folding from the hips, keep the spine long and the sit bones pressing down into the floor. As you fold forward lead with the sternum until you reach the edge of your flexibility. At this point, you can allow the back to round. Focus on releasing tension from the hips, allowing the knees to drop. If you are able to bend all the way forward, you can rest your forehead on the floor!
This pose can be challenging but there are variations to make it more comfortable and accessible. Adding support can relieve tension. A blanket or block can be used under the outer thighs if the knees hover above hip level. If your knees are very high, you can sit on a a couple of folded blankets or bolster to bring the hips above knees.
Click Here for video instruction of today’s pose with Julia Ruocco of Honor Yoga Pennington!