Reclining Bound Angle Pose

{ Supta Baddha Konasana }



You don't need fancy, expensive yoga props to sustain a home practice. Reclining Bound Angle Pose is a beautiful restorative posture that gently opens the chest, shoulders and the hips, if you please. This posture is great for easing into relaxation for a great night's sleep or simply a few minutes of self care.

1. Find a warm, comfortable place to rest for 5-10 minutes without distraction while lying flat on your back. 

2. Roll up a bath towel, a blanket, or even an extra yoga mat and place at your middle back. To begin, lie flat and shoulders should be resting comfortably on the floor. You have the option here to rise your arms over head and find a comfortable space for your arms or you can keep them at your sides, palms to the sky. Your second option is to bring the bases of your feet together like a prayer. If your hips are feeling too tight you could place extra props (yoga blocks, books, towels...) under each knee or simply keep legs extended long. 

3. Rest here about 30 seconds. Do you feel your breath deepening and your body relaxing or is something just not right? Take this opportunity to find the best place for your props. Shifting props or your body just a few centimeters can make a world of a difference. Some of us may need a little neck support as well. Again, roll up a smaller towel or blanket for this space.

4. Once you've found your sweet spot allow your body and mind to relax. Check in with your eyebrows, jawline, neck and shoulders and exhale any tension. I suggest lying here 5-10 minutes, setting a gentle sounding alarm to lessen the distraction of checking a clock.

5. Sleep well, welcome stress relief, allow your system to rest & digest