Baddha Konasana: Bound Angle
Baddha konasana (BAH-dah cone-AHS-anna) is known by many names including butterfly pose, bound angle, and cobbler’s pose. This seated pose stretches the inner hips and groins.
- Baddha: bound
- Kona: angle
- Asana: pose
PHILOSOPHY AND ORIGIN:
This pose is believed to have origins in the typical sitting positions of the Indian cobblers, lending to one of its other names, cobbler’s pose.
- Stretches the inner thighs, groins, and knees
- Can encourage lumbar curve when set up properly
- Can release low back discomfort
- Stimulates the root and sacral chakras
- Head to knee pose | Janu sirsasana
- Wide-legged forward bend | Prasarita padottanasana
- Staff pose | Dandasana
- For a more restorative variation, place your feet further away from your hips, forming a wider angle of your knees, then lean forward.
- If you notice your low back is rounding (or tailbone is tucked under you), sit up on blocks or blankets.
- Find a seated position with your legs out in front of you (dandasana).
- Notice if your tailbone tucks under you. If so, find a blanket, block, or pillow to sit on.
- Place the soles of your feet together, knees out to the sides.
- Option to place your hands behind you to lift the chest.
- Option to hold your ankles and with a long spine, slowly lean your chest forward.
- Hold for up to 10 breaths, then gently return to neutral. Help your knees together and stretch your legs out long.
Virabhadrasana II: Warrior II Pose
Warrior II, or virabhadrasana (veer-ah-bah-DRAHS-anna) II, is a strengthening pose that improves physical and mental endurance. Its ability to stretch your upper legs and ankles while also expanding your chest and shoulders makes it an essential foundational pose for most asana-based (pose-based) yoga practices.
Philosophy + Origin
While warrior II is a strong pose, it also requires balance and steadiness. Although many origin stories for virabhadrasana II describe the shape of the pose as the stance Virabhadra took as he drew his sword to remove the head of his enemy, any student who has practiced the pose will learn that, while fierce, there’s also a gentleness within the physical lines. The yogic philosophy of sthira sukha, or balancing effort with ease, can be applied when practicing warrior II. How can you harness your warrior spirit while not losing sight of your gentle spirit and your commitment to ahimsa, non-violence?