Yoga Pose of The Month: Bound Angle

 

Happy Spring Warriors,

We hope wonderful things are blooming along your life path as we enter April. Since we spent the start of spring with so much standing, we’re bringing our bodies back down to the ground for this month’s pose. Bound angle is both a fabulous warm up and/or finishing pose for the Warrior Series we just wrapped. It’s one of many seated poses in yoga that help us cultivate two integral recovery skills: grounding and opening.

In general, grounding means…

a.) to be physically present in your body and to your immediate environment

b.) to be mentally present to the current reality and aware of your emotional experience

c.) to have a general sense of safety on all levels

Generally, opening means to expand (we know, that’s a hard word to hear!), to come more fully into your body, to take up the space your soul inhabits. Opening means to grow your awareness on all levels: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and energetic.

Join us through the video below to strengthen these qualities and to dine on some delicious stretches for your legs, hips and back.

Pose Of The Month: Bound Angle (Sanskrit “Baddha Konasana”)

Quote:

“Let yourself be open and life will be easy.” -The Buddha

Affirmation:

“Peace blossoms within me.”

Benefits:

Stimulates abdominal organs, ovaries and prostate gland, bladder,

and kidneys

• Stimulates the heart and improves general circulation

• Stretches the inner thighs, groins, and knees

• Helps relieve mild depression, anxiety, and fatigue

• Soothes menstrual discomfort and sciatica

• Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause

Therapeutic for flat feet, high blood pressure, infertility, and asthma

• Consistent practice until late into pregnancy helps ease childbirth

Contraindications:

Groin or knee injury. If you have a groin or knee injury only perform this pose with a blanket support under the outer thighs. If hips are tight the knees will be high and the back will round when folding forward. Prop yourself up higher under your seat, up to one foot, to help with this.

Big love,

Julie and Kristy