Traditionally, supta baddha konasana is believed to stimulate svadisthana (spleen or sacral chakra). Therefore, it is associated with creativity and determination. Stimulating this chakra through supta baddha konasana is believed to foster inner acceptance, and promote focus and productivity.
The benefits of supta baddha konasana include:
- Improved circulation and digestion.
- Stimulation of the abdominal organs.
- Flexibility in the inner thighs, hips and knees.
- Reduction in fatigue, stress, mild depression, PMS and menopause symptoms.
Beginners and those with limited flexibility should perform this asana with supports under the knees, and/or elevate the feet with a cushion or folded blanket. Support under the upper back, neck and/or head may also be helpful.
Preparatory poses for this asana include baddha konasana (bound angle pose), vrksasana (tree pose), virasana (hero pose), and supta padangusthasana (reclining hand-to-big-toe pose).