Reclining bound angle pose and its variations are a common element in the practice of most schools of yoga. It is a particularly useful pose for those who sit at a desk all day because of the hip-opening benefits.
Some of the reported benefits of this pose include:
- Improved circulation and digestion
- Stimulation of the abdominal organs
- Flexibility in the inner thighs, hips and knees
- Reduction in stress and mental fatigue
- Relief from menopause and PMS
Beginners or those with limited flexibility should perform the pose with supports under the knees and/or elevate the feet with a cushion or folded blanket. They may also benefit from support under the upper back, neck and head.
Alternate hand/arm positions are stretched out in a "T" shape, relaxed overhead or resting on the thighs. Preparatory poses include bound angle (butterfly) pose, hero pose, tree pose and reclining hand-to-big-toe pose.
Pregnant women can practice this pose with the upper body elevated.