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.
Ustrasana: Camel Pose
Ustrasana (oosh-TRAHS-anna), offers a long list of benefits for both the physical and subtle bodies. Thanks to its many different variations and modifications, there are plenty of ways for individuals of all levels to appreciate the chest-opening and chakra-opening effects of camel pose.
Philosophy + Origin
Camel pose is named because the shape resembles the hump on a camel’s back, however there are other ways to consider the name when approaching the posture. Camels are known for their slow, steady, almost methodical way of moving. Rather than trying to race into the posture, moving slowly and methodically will help you find its benefits safely. Camels use their humps as food reserves, like well-packed bags ready to be used when needed. This type of physical preparation, a part of the camel’s natural adaptation for survival, is essential for this pose as well. Take your time to gather and practice the skills and knowledge necessary to take a back-bending journey to ensure that you come in and out of the posture with ease and poise.