Butterfly pose is often used with other sitting poses or as a transitional pose for mat work in a yoga class, or is incorporated into a meditative practice.
The closer the heels are to the groin area in this pose, the deeper the groin stretch. The further the heels are from the groin area, while feet are still bound, the more the stretch will be experienced in the hamstrings. A yoga blanket can be used for support under the buttocks and thighs, or blocks can be used for support under each knee.
This pose may assist in healthy digestion and can aid in menstrual pain relief. Many practitioners believe, if regularly practiced during pregnancy, it can aid in easing delivery. In addition, the simplicity of butterfly pose creates a peaceful place to enter into meditation that involves matching the breath with movements of the legs.
Some of the other benefits of butterfly pose include:
- Enhanced flexibility in the legs, hips and groin
- Stimulation of the abdominal organs
- Physical and mental relaxation and reduced stress