Supported Reclining Bound Angle Pose
Episode #6 of the course Restorative yoga for restful sleep by Elaine Oyang
The Supported Reclining Bound Angle Pose is similar to the Supported Reclining Pose from the previous day in its set-up. The only difference here is that instead of keeping your legs straight on the floor, you bend your knees and touch the soles of your feet together. This allows for gentle stretching of your inner thighs, groin, and lower belly.
What you need:
● One yoga block (or a couple of books)
● One bolster
● Two thick blankets or pillows
● Eye bag (optional)
Place the block on its side, then place one end of your bolster on the block. (If using books, stack your books on top of each other, then place one end of your bolster on the books). Sit with your hips against the lower end of your bolster and lie back so your back and head are supported by the bolster. Bend your knees and bring the soles of your feet together so that your knees open out wide by your side. Support your knees sufficiently with the rolled blankets or pillows on each side. Stay here for three to five minutes or longer.
Why this works:
Just like the Supported Reclining Pose, this pose allows your shoulders to “rest back” into their natural position rather than stay rounded forward all day in computer and/or desk work. For the first time in your day, your organs are finally getting some space to stimulate digestion in this pose, compared to them being crushed all day while you’re sitting. For women, this particular position is especially beneficial on the first few days of your cycle, as the open position helps the uterine muscles to relax for unobstructed flow. Smooth-running systems = comfort in the body = relaxation!
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