One area in which people often experience the connection between body and emotion is in the hips. If you live from fear more than love, prana in your hip joints becomes stagnant, leading to tension and tightness that can diminish your range of movement and ability to enjoy life. Poses like baddha konasana, or bound angle pose, allow both physical and emotional release in the hips by inviting prana to flow freely and sweep away pain and stuck emotions.
Add baddha konasana to the end of your practice or the end of a long day (especially if you typically sit in a chair) to cool down, calm the nervous system and connect with your breath. Making this pose part of your practice will lead to release and renewal – not just in your hips, but in all parts of your being.
Here at Hale Pule, we talk about asana with three designations: essence, anchor and strength. This is a simple tool to remember the intention of the pose, where your body is grounded and the muscles you engage for proper alignment. These components will support optimal energy flow and a sustainable practice throughout your life.
There are two steps to this pose: In baddha konasana A, your focus is on extending the spine upright while releasing the hips and legs. In B, you fold forward and eventually let the spine gently round.
Excessively rounding the upper back by pulling with the arms and tensing the shoulders. Use gentle pressure to extend forward, keeping your shoulders moving down your back.
Folding forward in baddha konasana B without opening the soles of the feet. Opening the feet changes the position of the upper leg bone in the hip socket and is necessary for sustainable, comfortable long-term practice.