DAY 26. Read to the end for your challenge/question of the day
BADDHA KONASANA (tailor pose)
The Sanskrit name for this pose is translated as bound (baddha) angle (kona) posture (asana). The angle referred to is that between the legs and torso. The body folds gently forward at the hips, which helps to develop hip flexibility and spinal extension. Tailor pose strengthens the lower abdomen and helps to relieve menstrual and bladder problems, including period pain.
1.Sit with the soles of your feet together and your back straight. Pull up your lower abdominal muscles to give support to your spine. Place your hands on your feet, ankles or shins, wherever they will comfortably reach. Allow your inner thighs to relax and let your knees drop to the sides. Breathe in and broaden and lift your chest.
* Although this may seem a simple posture, many people find it difficult. If you find that you cannot comfortably sit straight, try sitting on the edge of a block or pillow. This will support you in an upraight position, making posture easier.
2.As you breathe out, keep your chest broad and fold softly forward at your hips. Keep your back flat. When you can go no further, allow your head to drop gently and your spine to curve. Don’t hunch your shoulders or pull on your feet. Relax. Breathe out to release your thighs and breathe in to lengthen your spine. Come up slowly.
* Remember that the main aims of tailor pose are to lengthen the spine, fold forward at the hips (rather than the waist) and relax the thighs – not to push your head towards the floor.
Day 26 challenge:
We are nearing the end of our challenge. We only have 2 more postures we are looking at. Have you enjoyed your journey so far? How does the tailor pose feel for you?
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