Bound Angle Pose or Baddha Konasana in Sanskrit (Baddha means ‘bound’, ‘caught’, ‘held’, Kona means ‘angle’, and asana means ‘pose’) is a seated yoga posture that is commonly practiced in many styles of yoga. In other texts, you may find this yoga pose under the name Bhadrasana. The English translation of the Sanskrit term ‘Bhadra’ is ‘virtuous, pure, prudent, excellent, wise.’ and asana means ‘pose’.
Baddha Konasana is a great posture for stretching the inner thighs, groins, and knees, while also opening the hips and improving circulation in the pelvis. It can also help to alleviate menstrual cramps and improve digestion.
This is one of the prominent yoga poses mentioned in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Bound Angle Pose is considered a base pose as bound angle pose variations can be derived from this pose.
Bound Angle Pose is also known as Cobbler’s Pose, Butterfly Pose, and Shoemaker pose.
Benefits and Contraindications
Stimulates abdominal organs, ovaries and prostate gland, bladder, and kidneys.
Stimulates the heart and improves general circulation.
Stretches the inner thighs, groins, and knees.
Helps relieve mild depression and anxiety.
Soothes menstrual discomfort and sciatica.
Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause.
Therapeutic for flat feet, high blood pressure, infertility, and asthma.
Consistent practice of this pose until late into pregnancy is said to help ease childbirth.
Traditional texts say that Baddha Konasana destroys disease and gets rid of fatigue.
Groin or knee injury: Only perform this pose with blanket support under the outer thighs.
Photo poses in different angles
Modifications & Variations
- Reclining Bound Angle Pose
- Bound Angle Pose With Blocks
- Half-Bound Angle Pose
- Bound Angle Pose Feet Thighs Partner
- Revolved Butterfly Pose Hand Variation
- Half Butterfly Pose Variation Forward Bend
- Upward Star Pose Feet Arms Overhead
- Revolved Bound Angle Pose
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