Baddha Konasana is one of the best hip openers. It is an essential pose for beginners. It is a good basic stretch which can be practiced by anyone beginners, intermediate, or advance level practitioner. Baddha Konasana is also known as Bound Angle Pose.
It is also popularly known as the Butterfly Pose because of the movement of the legs during the posture, giving the appearance of a butterfly flapping its wings.
The posture is also sometimes known as the Cobbler Pose as it resembles the sitting position of a cobbler at work.
Buddha Konasana Steps –
1. Bend your knees and bring the soles of your feet together.
2. Drag your feet closer to your body as it is comfortable. Do not force your self too much.
3. Open your feet like a book by pressing the outer edges of your feet together.
4. Sit up tall with long spine.
Buddha Konasana Benefits –
- Energize abdominal organs, ovaries, and bladder, and kidney.
- Energize the heart and improves blood circulation.
- Strengthening and stretches the inner thighs, groins, and knees.
- Reduces stress and anxiety.
- Relive the symptoms of menopause.
- Do not practice if you have knees or ankle injuries or pain.
- It can be a tough pose, in the beginning, do not force yourself too much.
Common Mistakes –
- Do not practice this asana if you have knee and ankle injury or any pain.
- Do not go to the next step quickly, practice the asana properly and move to next step slowly. Yoga is about perfection and patience.
- Do not push your knees with your hands.
- If you are finding this asana difficult and feeling any discomfort during the practice than wait for few minutes and try again if still you are having discomfort, then leave the pose and try another asana.
- Find the best suitable poses for yourself by considering your body requirements and issues.