Reclining Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)

When performing the pose, the performer should first exhale while lowering the back torso towards the floor. Both hands are used to spread the back of the pelvis. The upper buttocks and the lower back are released through the tailbone. The torso is brought to the floor while supporting the head and the neck on a blanket roll. The topmost thighs are gripped with hands and the inner thighs are rotated externally. Both hands are slide along the thighs from the hips towards the knees while widening the outer knees away from the hips.

The hands are slide down along the inner thighs. The hip points are pushed together so as to narrow the front pelvis when the back pelvis widens. The arms are laid on the floor while angled at 45 degrees. Pushing the knees towards the floor is the natural tendency in the pose. Pushing the knees down will have opposite intended effect if the groins are tight. The performer should stay in the pose from 5 to 10 minutes. Hands are used to press the thighs together when coming out of the pose. There are many benefits of performing the pose which include: it stretches the groin muscles and inner thigh, it frees the flow of energy in the pelvic area, it improves mobility in the digestive organs, it relieves pain in menstruating women, it relieves the symptoms of stress and it relaxes the central nervous system and the mind.