By Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 Co-Founder Breast Cancer Yoga.
This is my son, Jared (who has open hips) demonstrating this unique pose; kind of like a real relaxed Butterfly pose. Always great pose to release tension everywhere but for most in the inner thighs and hips. When you rest your head on a prop you get to reconnect deeply with your breath. Don’t forget to soften your facial muscles and jaw hinge. Breathe, breathe, breathe.
- Allows the spine to lengthen
- Works on releasing sciatica nerve
- Improves general circulation of legs, arms, and spine
- Stretches the inner thighs, groins, and knees
- May help relieve mild depression and anxiety
- Great pose until late into pregnancy – help ease childbirth
- Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and fatigue
- Relieves back and neck pain, when done with head and torso, supported
- Soothes menstrual discomfort
- Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
Caution: Groin or knee injury: Only perform this pose with blanket support under the outer thighs.
- Begin in a supported seat, feet need to touch in front and knees relax out to the side. If knees are higher than hips use props to support the knees so that there is no over stretching. Props can be used to support knees. By raising the seat and supporting thighs and knees against gravity, it will give you a solid foundation for the spine.
- Make sure your seat is comfortable so there isn’t any strain on hips, thighs, knees or ankles.
- INHALE lift and lengthen the spine and come forward. Rest arms on blocks, blanket or the earth.
- EXHALE extend or place forehead on a prop.
- Stay in the pose for 10 full breaths.
- When finished help lifts knees and extends legs, do ANKLE ROTATIONS.
To experience the benefits of yoga, it is essential that you begin with simple, gentle yoga movements. You should also consult a doctor before you begin practicing yoga. It is also necessary that you follow a yogic diet that consists of a mainly vegetarian diet to enhance the benefits of yoga.
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