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Supta Baddha Konasana
(Reclining Bound Angle Pose)

Supta Baddha Konasana pose

How to perform Reclining Bound Angle Pose

Join your feet together, your heels pressed to your pelvis. Lie back over a bolster or other form of support. Relax and let your chest open. If necessary, use a strap to hold your feet in place.

What is Supta Baddha Konasana

Supta Baddha Konasana is the supine variation of the Baddha Konasana. It is often placed at the start of the practice or at the very end, as a restorative and meditative pose. It can also be used during a hip sequence to start the opening of the hips and is helpful in getting a positive lateral movement in the knees.

You can incorporate the use of a belt tightened around your ankles and upper thighs. This will prevent your feet from wanting to slip forward and away from your pelvis.

When to use Supta Baddha Konasana?

Organically, the pose increases blood supply to the abdomen and pelvis. It is beneficial to the urinary tract and tones the kidneys and prostate. During menstruation, it can offer relief from abdominal cramps. The action of bringing the feet together and working to bring the knees to the floor helps to release the inner groins and hips. Lying over a bolster helps you go deeper into the pose with less effort. For this reason, it can be very therapeutic and can go a long way in relieving back pain. Moreover, the opening in your chest will allow for an increased flow of oxygen, and this can have very positive and soothing effects on your mind.

Video sequences that include this pose