Remember that with all yoga poses you should listen to your own body and if you feel any discomfort or unease stop practising and seek assistance from a yoga and/or medical practioner.
Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose)
Baddha Konasana is one of the poses in the Primary Series of the Ashtanga series, but also found frequently in Hatha yoga classes due to its multitude of benefits and PreNatal classes due to its ease of variation.
This pose is a hip opener which stretches the adductors. It can be very beneficial to those used to sitting in chairs to open and stretch the groin and pelvic area where tension can be held from emotions such as fear and pain.
Care should be taken with knee or groin injuries. This pose can easily be varied by inserting pillows or bolsters beneath the knees to soften the pose, particularly if the student is particularly tight in this area. Acknowledgement of emotions held in this area may also be required before the student can find release and comfort to sit for longer periods in this pose.
Baddha means ‘bound’. Kona means ‘angle’. Asana is literally translated as ‘seat’ but is generally understood as ‘pose/posture’.