Here is another asana, to relieve a few problems related to menstruation.
The name comes from Sanskrit ‘Baddha’ = ‘bound’, ‘kona’ = ‘angle’ or ‘split’ and ‘asana’ = ‘posture’.
You will find cobblers sitting in this position as they do their daily chores. So another name for Baddha Konasana is the Cobbler Pose. It is also called the Butterfly Pose as the open hips joined by the feet and the up and down movements resemble the flight of a butterfly.
How does it help women?
- This asana benefits pregnant women, helping them to have a smooth and easy delivery.
- This asana improves the reproductive system in women.
- It helps to improve blood circulation all over the body.
- This asana is a great stress reliever.
- It also helps reduce fatigue.
- It helps cure menstrual problems and digestive complaints.
- It helps you build a good posture as it stretches your spine
- This asana also helps to cure infertility and high blood pressure.
- It is said that regular practice of this asana can keep you free of any kind of disease.
- It helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
How to practice Baddha Konasana:
- Sit straight with your legs stretched out.
- Inhale, exhale and bend your knees. Bring your feet closer to your pelvis.
- Press the soles of your feet close together, and allow your knees to touch the ground.
- Bring your heels as close to your pelvis as you can.
- Hold your feet close together.
- The outer edges of your feet must always be pressed to the floor.
- Once you get comfortable in the position.
- Slowly move your knees up and down (how a butterfly flaps its wings).
- Never force your knees on the ground.
- Continue the movement for 30 to 60 seconds.
- Inhale, and lift your knees and extend your legs. Relax.
Who should not practice this asana:
- It is good to avoid this asana if you have a knee injury.
- It is not recommended to practice this asana if you are menstruating.
- If you suffer from a backache, sit on a pillow and practice this asana.