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Cobblers Pose - Baddha Konasana

This bound Angle Pose is named as such because this is the position shoe cobblers in India used to sit in when they worked. Great hip opener, and a stretch to add to your routine if you are getting ready for yogic splits. This article will go through the steps of perfecting this pose.

Step 1

You may raise your seat with the help of a cushion or folded blanket.Bring the soles of your feet together in front of you. Use your hands to give you stability, by placing them behind you, now tilt your pelvis forward gently. Open your chest towards the ceiling - in other words let the breast bone float up.

You will feel your inner thighs opening up. If your muscles are tight or you are a beginner. This might be as far as you can go. Do not worry, go at your own pace and your body after a few weeks will relax into the full expression of the posture.

Step 2

With the support of your hands still behind you move your knees away from each other.

Step 3

Bring your hands forward and grasp your feet. Bend …

Rock the Baby

This is a nice easy hip opener to warm up for ARDHA BADDHA PADMA PASCHIMOTTANASANA (Bound Half Lotus Forward Fold).

Start by Cradling your right leg. Hold your Right foot in your left hand. Hold the right knee with your right hand and tuck back into crook of right elbow. The left foot should be tucked into the crook of your left elbow. Resist the urge to bend forward. This is an easy pose to use as a precurser to other seated poses.

Your shoulders should be relaxed, down away from the ears. The crown of your head should be pointed towards the ceiling. When you are comfortable, rock the leg you are holding gently from side to side. Keep your right foot flexed as you slowly move the knee  beyond the armpit.  Don't forget to breath. Relax.

Caution: Do not practice this pose if you have hip or knee injuries.