Butterfly Yoga pose ( Baddha Konasana)
Butterfly pose The word butterfly means ‘titli’ in hindi . The Sanskrit name of the pose is badha kona asana which means bound angle pose. This asana is performed to prepare the body for the mastery of padmasana and other meditative poses.The inner thigh muscles holds a lot of tension which is relieved by this asana .They also remove tiredness caused due to long hours of standing or walking.
How to do Butterfly pose ( Baddha Konasana):
- Sit in the base position . Bend your knees and bring the soles of your feet together , try to keep your heels close to the perineum while keeping the the inner size of the thigh relaxed.
- Clasp the feet with both hands . Gently move the knees up and then down towards the floor, but do not use any force .
- Practise upto 30 ups and down movement gently allowing your body to go more deeper with the process.
- Keep the soles of the feet together and place the hands on the knees . Using your hands ,gently push the knees down towards the floor ,allowing them to spring up again. Do not force this movement.
- Repeat 10 to 30 times . Straighten the legs and relax . In this asana the awareness is on the hip joint ,movement and relaxation.
Health Benefits of the butterfly pose :-
- It strengthens and improves flexibility of the inner thighs, groins and the knees.
- Helps in preparing the hips and groins for meditative seated poses for a longer period of time which require more flexibility in these areas.
- Helps people suffering from irregularities in menstrual cycle and to sooth menstrual discomfort and digestive complaints.
- Stimulates the abdominal organs, potentially improving the health of the ovaries, prostate gland, kidneys and bladder.
- Helps open up the lower back and groins.
- Metaphysically opens up the groin area helping to relieve sexual inhibitions and guilt
- Relief from Headaches
- Beneficial for Reproductive organs
Contra-indications : People with sciatica and sacral conditions should avoid this asana.