baddha konasana

baddha konasana · bound angle pose · butterfly pose

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pose: sitting, legs out straight, bring feet to touch in front of body (making a ‘diamond’ shape with your legs). sit up tall, grounding down through the sit bones, elongating the spine – crown of head reaching upwards. inhale to straighten. as you exhale, with a straight spine and back, hinge upper body forward at the hips (only go as far forward as you can keep your back and spine straight, not curved). inhale here, lengthen straight spine further. as you exhale curve spine, allowing back to bend forward. let head and neck hang down and breathe. {see video here}

benefits: opens and stretches: hips, groin, inner thighs, lower back, middle back, spine and neck. can provide relief to: lower back pain, sciatica, menstrual and menopause symptoms. promotes relaxation and healthy digestion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbIi6mg1sUk

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