Baddha Konasana (Cobbler Pose)
Baddha Konasana is a firm favourite pregnancy yoga pose. I certainly loved practising it while I was pregnant.
The name “Baddha Konasana” comes from the Sanskrit words ‘baddha’ meaning ‘bound or caught’ and ‘kona’ meaning ‘corner or angle’. It’s translated into English as “Cobbler Pose” and apparently this is the way most Indian cobblers sit while at work.
What makes it such an ideal pose to practise during pregnancy is that it massages the internal organs and improves digestive circulation. And anyone who’s been pregnant will know that digestion is prone to become sluggish at various stages of prengncy.
It also soothes sciatica pain, a common ailment during pregnancy.
Consistent practice of this pose into late pregnancy is said to help ease childbirth.
This is because it helps to open and release the pelvis and hips.
It is also recommended during pregnancy as it helps the ovaries to function properly and strengthens the uterus.
Outside of pregnancy, it’s still a great pose to do! It’s an excellent pose as it helps to open the hips and strengthen the lower back muscles. And it can help to reduces menstrual symptoms and discomfort.
Start by sitting with your legs stretched out in front of you.
Bend your knees and bring the soles of the feet together and allow the knees to fall out to the side.
Take hold of your feet by interlocking your fingers and placing them under your feet
Lift through the sternum and lengthen the spine, while encouraging the pelvis to move towards the feet.
Release the hips while exhaing.
Hold this pose for 2/3 minutes