Badddha Konasana – Cobbler’s or Butterfly Pose

January 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Yoga Poses

Sanskrit name: Baddha Konasana
English Translation: Bound Angle
Also Called: Butterfly

Step by Step

* Sit on the ground, bending both knees and bringing your feet together.
* Using your hands, open your feet up like a book. Use your muscles to press your knees down towards the floor. This will help to open your hips up even more.
* Lengthen your spine, drawing your belly button towards your spine. Relax your shoulders and gaze either in front of you or towards your feet.
* Stay here for 5 breaths, and then slowly begin to fold forward, drawing your torso towards your legs. Remember to try and keep your spine straight.
* You can keep your hands on your feet, pressing your knees down with your arms, or if you want more of a stretch, extend your arms out in front of you. Stay here for 5 breaths or as long as you want.

Your hips will love you for this. Plus your lower back gets a little stretch, and I found doing this pose before and after a run or bike ride prevents me from having tightness in my lower back later.

Comments

One Comment on "Badddha Konasana – Cobbler’s or Butterfly Pose"

  1. | Acne Therapy Asia on Tue, 5th Jan 2010 5:17 am 

    Many yoga classes are out there, and you may be turned off if you pick one that does not suit your personality and state of physical fitness. For most beginners, a hatha or vinyasa class will be most appropriate, depending on whether you want a slow or fast-paced class. These are basic styles, and you can always try something fancier later.

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