How to Do the Bound Angle Pose

This relatively simple pose might make you feel like a kid stretching before gym class, but that's not necessarily a bad thing—the more you do it, the better you can gauge your maturing yoga skills.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Sit on mat Sit down on your mat with your legs extended out in front of you.
  • Step 2: Bend & bring in heels Bend your knees, and bring the soles of your feet together near your groin.
  • TIP: The closer in you bring your heels, the more effective this pose will be—but don't push it. Find the distance that is right for your body.
  • Step 3: Put hands on mat Put your hands on the mat behind you to help lift and expand your chest.
  • TIP: If this feels good enough, you don't need to go any further.
  • Step 4: Bend forward Bend forward from the hips, lowering your chest toward your feet and your head and knees toward the ground. Try to keep your back straight.
  • Step 5: Hold pose Stay in the pose, breathing smooth, deep, even breaths.
  • Step 6: Release pose Release the pose, lifting your torso up and stretching your legs out, whenever you're ready to be unbound.
  • FACT: This pose helps open up the pelvis, making it very beneficial for pregnant women and for the prostate health of men.

You Will Need

  • Comfortable clothing suitable for stretching and moving
  • A calm place where you won't be distracted or disturbed
  • A yoga mat or folded blanket

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