PURPOSE

This is a great pose for opening your hips and releasing your lower back, especially if you’ve spent all day sitting at a desk.

INSTRUCTIONS

baddha konasana

From Easy pose, uncross your shins and draw the soles of your feet together.

If this is a lot of stretch for the outsides of your hips, then place your hands behind you and sit up tall to support yourself. You can also sit on a blanket here as well.

If your knees are far from the floor, you can also place blocks or pillows under them for support. This will help ease any strain
you might feel on the outside of your legs.

MODIFICATIONS

If your knees are fairly close to the floor and you want to deepen the stretch, bend over your legs and draw your forehead toward the soles of your feet and your torso toward the ground.

Keep pressing your knees to the ground, but relax your shoulders and your neck. Hold for at least eight breaths.