Bound Angle Pose (Cobbler, Butterfly Pose) (Baddha Konasana)

Bound Angle Pose

Come to seated position, spine extended and straight. Bring soles of your feet to touch and gently grab your feet or toes with hands. Bring heels as close to the pelvis as you comfortably can. Gently press thighs and knees down.
To keep the spine straight you may want to sit on a folded blanket. As you relax into it you can fold forward, keeping back straight, chest and shoulders open. Stay in position 1-5 minutes.

Benefits: Supports hip joint, thigh and pelvic flexibility. stimulates abdominal organs and kidneys, improves circulation, helps relieve mild depression, anxiety, and fatigue. Eases menstrual and menopausal discomfort and sciatica.
Contraindications: Groin or knee injury (blanket may be used to support under outer thighs), those with high blood pressure should not fold completely forward.