Supta Baddha konasana is a Sanskrit word Supta means Reclining, Baddha means Bound, Kona means Angle, Asana means Pose. This asana is also called the Bound Angle Pose, Cobbler Pose, Reclined Cobbler’s Pose or Reclined Goddess Pose.
Supta Baddhakonasana - Goddess Pose
Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) is a deeply relaxing, potent restorative yoga pose and a hip opener. It also goes by the name of Goddess Pose. This pose opens the chest, abdomen, and pelvis. Psychologically, it provides a feeling of calm and wellbeing. It is much useful for those who are high blood pressure and pregnancy, also supportive of easy child delivery.
How to do the Supta Baddha Konasana?
In the beginning, you might experience a strain in your groin and inner thighs as you practice this pose. To reduce this, slightly raise your feet off the floor.
- Lie down on the back.
- Bend the knees and bring the soles of the feet together.
- Drag the soles along the floor and bring them as close as possible to the body. Stay in this position as long as comfortably can.
- Use an eye bag, if you have one, to gently massage the muscles around the eyes to relax and let go.
- Take a couple of long, slow inhales and exhales. Wish to remain here as long as 30 minutes in a deep, restorative practice.
9 Benefits of Reclining Bound Angle Pose
Supta baddhakonasana relieves menstrual cramps, menopause. It opens up and relaxes the entire womb and pelvis, increasing blood flow, and regulating the release of hormones.
The Supta Baddha Konasana benefits are as follows:
- Promotes deep relaxation in few minutes, you feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
- It activates the ovaries, prostate gland, kidneys, and bladder.
- Stimulates the heart, thus improves blood circulation.
- It stretches your groins, inner thighs, and knees.
- Calms the mind; relieves stress, tension, and mild depression.
- It relieves muscle tension, fatigue, headaches, and insomnia.
- It decreases stress in the nervous system.
- Energizes your body and relieve fatigue.
- Improves blood circulation in the lower belly; soothes the digestive and reproductive systems. Thus useful for irritable bowel syndrome, infertility, menstrual disorders, digestive issues, menopause, etc.
Precautions and Contraindications
Avoid practicing this asana if you have injuries in the Knee, Groin, shoulder, hip, and lower back pain.
Pregnant women must do this asana under the supervision of an instructor. You should always keep your chest and head raised while in this pose.