Reclined Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Reclined Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana in Sanskrit), sometimes also called Reclined Butterfly, is a relaxing and restorative hip opening posture.

It is an excellent stretch to open the hips and inner thighs. It also has a very calming effect on the mind. It is a great posture to release stored emotions. This posture can also be performed by all levels.

There are also many ways to modify the pose if needed. You can use props for support if holding the posture for longer periods of time. It is typically done toward the end of a practice to cool down, but it can also be performed at the beginning to open the hips and the heart to free the emotional state. It is often in restorative and yin style classes.

How to Do Reclined Bound Angle Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

Lie down on your back and bend your legs so that your feet come onto the floor.

Step 2

Then, begin to open the knees wide into a diamond shape and bring the soles of the feet together. You will feel width and openness through the hips and inner thighs. If this feels uncomfortable, take blocks underneath your knees for support.

Step 3

Open the arms wide or place them anywhere that is comfortable- maybe one hand on the heart and one hand on the belly. Keep the spine long- no imprinting or arching the lower spine. Close your eyes and breathe deeply here.

Remember to only go as far as you are comfortable to while breathing. While the goal is to get the knees to the floor, do not force them.

You can stay for up to 5 minutes here for a deep stretch.

Reclined Bound Angle Pose Benefits

  • Stretches the hips, groins, inner thighs, and chest
  • Relaxes the lower back
  • Calms the mind
  • Relieve stress, depression, and anxiety
  • Stimulates digestive and reproductive organs