Y2 – Day 253 – Bound Angle

Salamba Supta Baddha Konasana or Supported Reclining Bound Angle pose is the perfect resting pose to recuperate from or anticipate towards the holidays. You will feel calm and peaceful as you open up the back, pelvic area and hips. It also stretches out your inner thighs or adductors.

It takes a little equipment or props and ingenuity and adjusting.

Find some books, blankets and comfy pillows. Arrange a stack of books or a large yoga block at the back of your mat. Then place a lower rung of books or thinner block beneath your tall stack so it looks stepped up with the back of the mat group being the highest or steepest set.

Arrange a pillow or blankets without toppling the “stairs” so it is comfy for your upper back and head. Sit on the mat and bring your lower back gently to the edge of the blanket where the climb begins. Lay down carefully so your head is comfortable and your back is on an incline. Beneath your knee, place a pillow or a rolled up blanket.

Place the soles of your feet together and let your knees drop out to the sides. Add pillows under each knee for a truly restorative pose. Adjusting yourself or a pillow even a few millimeters can make all the difference between an uncomfortable vs. a heavenly experience. It will either feel like torture or bliss after awhile. It is usually a fine line of angle modification. Drape a blanket on top of your torso and your arms to swaddle yourself for even more warmth and love.

Stay in this position for at least 10 minutes. Come out of your reverie by freeing your arms first, then use your hands to bring your knees together. Roll over to your right side and stay there for a few breaths. Take your left hand to the floor by your chest and use it to push yourself slowly up to sitting (this is the way you should always get up from laying on the mat or bed or supine position). Enjoy.

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