If you tend to sit a lot during the day, this is a great pose for stretching and opening your groin, inner thighs and hips as well as many other benefits:
Stimulates abdominal organs, ovaries and prostate gland, bladder, and kidneys
Stimulates the heart and improves general circulation
Increases flexibility in the knees and hips
Soothes menstrual cramps and sciatica
Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
A few tips for this pose:
Use a cushion or blanket under the base of your spine if you have any trouble keeping your spine erect during the pose.
Allow your inner thighs to loosen naturally using the breath. Never force anything in yoga.
Place cushions under your knees for support if this feels better.
When I do this pose, I also love to rub the bottoms of my feet as an added bonus. The bottoms of the feet have many acupressure points so by massaging them, it's like getting an internal full-body massage! Plus it just feels so darn good.
If the pose should feel too intense or if you have knee problems, you can use this alternate version. This version is also great for relaxing the mind and body before bedtime.
Bound angle pose is also wonderful for activating the second, or sacral chakra. Consider adding a mantra while doing this pose such as, " Life is abundant," or "My body is sacred."
Tania Manczarek is a holistic swiss army knife. A trained therapist, intuitive energy worker, certified yoga instructor, massage practitioner and hypnotist, she focuses on healing through the mind/body/spirit connection and helping people live an authentic and balanced life. Originally, from Los Angeles, she left to travel the world over 5 years ago to find her own path of healing and to follow her dreams. Now living in France, she offers individual wellness services by phone/Skype, events and retreats in France and abroad and support for individuals with chronic illness. Her FB group is Feel Better Be Happy.
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