Reclined Bound Angle

Sanskrit: Supta Baddha Konasana

Also known as Reclined Butterfly or Reclined Cobbler, this is generally a soothing and restorative pose. It has good modifications making it an accessible pose for most people.

Reclined Bound Angle will usually be sequenced towards the very end of your practice ahead of relaxation but sometimes it may also be sequenced at the start of class. Rarely will you take a class at Upward Frog which doesn’t include this pose.

How to get into the pose:

  • Lie on your back with your knees bent. Bring the soles of your feet together and let your knees drop wide.

  • Create a sense of length from the crown of your head to the tailbone.

  • Bring your hands onto your lower belly or leave them at the side of your body. One hand on your tummy, one hand on your heart can feel very restorative for some.

  • Breathe deeply for about ten breaths then inhale your knees back to the centre.

Remember to create the balance between effort and ease in your pose.

How long to stay in the pose:

  • From ten breaths to ten minutes or longer if you are taking it as a restorative pose

Gaze (Drishti)

  • Close your eyes if that feels comfortable

Modifications you can take to make this pose more accessible:

  • If you feel strain on your knees, groin or back, add a support underneath your thighs with bricks, bolsters or rolled up blankets

  • Taking the feet further away from the body can also help if you feel strain in the knees or back body

Contraindications / Cautions:

  • If you have a knee or groin injury proceed with the modifications