Supta Baddha Konasana –Goddess Pose or Reclining Bound Angle Pose

Supta Baddha Konasana –Goddess Pose or Reclining Bound Angle Pose

Supta Baddha Konasana –Goddess Pose or Reclining Bound Angle Pose

What is Supta Baddha Konasana – –Goddess Pose?

In Sanskrit ‘Supta’means ‘reclining’, ‘Baddha’ means ‘bound’, ‘Kona’ means ‘ angle’ and ‘asana’ means ‘posture’.

Supta Baddha Konasana Steps

1. First sit on a yoga mat and press the soles of your feet together.

2. Keep your knees bending towards outward direction and your heels as pulled in as close to your body without any strain.

3. Place a blanket under your knees to give support to them.

4. You could place some stiff blankets under your back lengthwise so that your torso and head will have support when you lie down. You could also place a blanket under your head.

5. Lower yourself gently to the yoga mat.

6. Bring your arms to your sides at a 45 degree angle and keep your palms facing upwards direction. Close your eyes and let your breathing be normal.

7. Remain in this pose for a minute and increase the time duration as per your comfort level.

Supta Baddha Konasana Benefits

1. It increases blood circulation to the lower abdomen.

2. It can improve digestion.

3. It stretches your inner thighs and groin muscles.

4. It opens up the pelvic area.

5. It relaxes your mind and nervous system.

6. It relieves one from mild depression and stress.

Supta Baddha Konasana Dos and Don’ts

Anyone suffering from knee injury or lower back pain should not perform this asana.

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Paschimottanasana – Seated Forward Bend

Paschimottanasana – Seated Forward Bend

Paschimottanasana – Seated Forward Bend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Paschimottanasana – Seated Forward Bend Pose?

The name comes from the Sanskrit words ‘Paschima’ meaning ‘west’ or ‘back of the body’, ‘uttana’ meaning ‘intense stretch’ or ‘straight’ or ‘extended’ and ‘asana’ meaning ‘posture’.

Paschimottanasana Steps

1. Sit with the legs straight in front of you. The hands should rest on the thighs.

2. Inhale and keep the arms straight and raise them above the head.

3. Exhale and keep the back straight bend forward from the hips as far as possible and hold the toes. Knees should remain straight.

4. Try to bring the head forward so that it touches the knees.

5. Breath normally and hold this position for 30 to 45 seconds.

6. Inhaling bring the body back keeping the torso straight and arms also straight. Place the hands on the thighs.

Paschimottanasana Benefits

1. It stretches the hamstrings and lengthens the spine.

2. It massages the abdominal organs thus improving digestion.

3. It relieves one from constipation.

4. It relieves one from the problems of sciatica.

5. It calms the nervous system.

6. It improves concentration.

Paschimottanasana Dos and Don’ts

Those who are pregnant should avoid this asana. People suffering from high or low blood pressure should also avoid this asana.

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