Pose of the Month: Baddha Konasana – Bound Angle

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Pose of the Month: Baddha Konasana – Bound Angle

When we think of Patience, we all will have a posture that elicits thoughts or feelings. We certainly will continue to have themes and months to dive into those sensations of challenge, and how we work through those spaces. For this month we are looking at a space of patience with a more compassionate lens. (I’d like to acknowledge that Baddha Konasana IS that posture of challenge for some of us).

Baddha Konasana is quite a recognizable posture to most within and without the yoga community, it is translated into English in a number of ways. In Kids Yoga this class is often called the Butterfly Pose, in some circles the Cobbler’s Pose, and here as the Bound Angle Pose. Depending on the orientation of your pelvis, and SO many other factors, you may need/want to make a whole host of modifications to make this posture more desirable. 

Coming into Baddha Konasana

  • FInd a comfortable seated position. For some of us, sitting on a blanket or prop will assist us with our comfort in the posture. 
  • Draw the soles of the feet together, or towards one another. Remember that the soles of the feet to not have to touch. Find the angle here that feels right. 
  • Also play around with the distance of the feet in relation to the body. There is another angle here to play with :)This distance to the body really allows you to find the release point that feels right. 
  • You may wish, or need, to stay seated with length in the spine. You may also wish to lead with the heart forward fold in the direction of the legs. This allows us to find different spaces for expansion. 
  • See where the breath travels and if you need to make any adjustments. This may include props and other aspects of support. 
  • As we practice, we may find that different spaces start to open up. 

This is a fantastic posture to play with, and to sit with. There are a lot of aspects of patience embedded in Baddha Konasana. Let’s spend some time this month sitting in a Baddha Konasana of our choosing.