Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle Pose) – Part 6 of 8
Set a block lengthwise on your mat, on its second-highest height. Place a bolster over the block so the block is centered underneath the top half of the bolster with your sacrum touching its edge. Slowly lie back and place the blankets under the outer thighs. Press the soles of your feet together and let your knees drop open onto the blankets. Make a blanket pillow for your head. Place a sandbag over the feet and an eye bag over the eyes and bring your arms out to your sides, palms up. As you breathe, release the exhalations down the front of the spine and out toward the feet. Stay here for 10 to 45 minutes.
Mention stress and everyone groans. It seems that we are all rushing around and as technology speeds up the pace of life and we try to fit more into our busy schedules, anxiety and worry edge out inner peace and contentment. What is the result? It’s instant mind/body reactions like irritability and fatigue – and possibly more serious health concerns down the road.
When faced with difficult situations, our bodies respond with a series of physical reactions that mobilize internal forces and ready us to act. But researchers warn of problems that this response, called “flight-or-fight,” can cause when employed in excess. Explains Dr. Robert Eliot, former director of preventative and rehabilitative cardiology at St. Lukes Hospital in Phoenix, “When stress was primarily physical, people really did have to fight or flee. For the most part, modern stressors are of a different nature and we end up pumping high-energy chemicals for lwow-0energy needs. The price is high; over the long haul you turn the energy inward and burn out.”
While we cannot control all that happens in life, we can work on our reaction to things that push our buttons. Because yoga helps reacquaint us with our emotional and physical needs, it provides an excellent means of stress prevention. Any regular yoga practice will easy anxiety.
Incorporate some stimulating postures such as Virabhadrasana (Warrior Pose) and Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose) to energize the body and build strength. Restorative poses also offer stress relief. Connecting with the rhythm of the breath while resting in Savasana (Corpse Pose) and Salamba Baddha Konasana (Supported Bound Angle Pose) will help both body and mind to deeply relax.
OTHER RECOMMENDED POSES
Salamba Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Supported Bridge Pose)
Viparita Karani (Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose)
Jathara Parivartanasana (Revolved Abdomen Pose)
Information provided by Jennifer Barrett from Yoga Journal. Thank you Janet!