Balancing Bound Angle Pose

Definition - What does Balancing Bound Angle Pose mean?

Balancing bound angle pose is a seated balancing asana.

To enter the pose, begin seated in bound angle pose. With the soles of the feet pressed together, grasp the outside of the feet. Next, lift the feet off the mat, extending the legs out to the sides in a wide "V." Initially, the legs can be bent. The arms straighten and the upper body balances on the sit bones, with the spine extended. Keep the torso upright and the core engaged. The gaze is forward on the big toes. Hold for three to six breaths then release the feet to the mat to come out of the pose.

The Sanskrit name for balancing bound angle is dandayamna baddha konasana.

Yogapedia explains Balancing Bound Angle Pose

In a sequence, balancing bound angle may be practiced after easy pose, boat pose and bound angle pose.

Benefits of balancing bound angle include:

  • Improves balance
  • Opens the hip and groin
  • Strengthens core muscles
  • Strengthens the back of the body
  • Improves balance and mental focus
  • Stretches the legs and hips
  • Increases self-confidence

As flexibility and stability increase, it is possible to move deeper into the pose by straightening the legs while lifted. The spine can also be slowly rounded, allowing the body to rock backward onto the mat and then up again, regaining balance. It can also be modified by practicing it with one leg at a time, keeping the other leg on the mat.

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