Beautiful variations everyone!
Day 6 of #OpenYourHipsOpenYourHeart2
Today my gorgeous co-host @blossom.yoga.and.meditation gives you #BaddhaKonasana or #Yoganidrasana
The shape of Yoganidrasana, a deep forward bend with the limbs drawn in close to the torso—stimulates pratyahara, or the deep state of peaceful relaxation that comes from withdrawing the senses.
Remember that each day feels different, for me; somedays I can't get my legs behind my head at all while other days I'm open and able to get into the pose with softness. Either way, baddha konasana is a great pose to start with if you want to work your way towards Yoganidrasana.
It's important to warm up with some basic Asanas like sunsals, cobra, paschimottanasana, (compass pose or one leg behind your head for Yoganidrasana) before you delve into the given Asana. Listen to your body. Yoga doesn't follow the no pain no gain motto. Be gentle with yourself, without judgment. Where YOU are in YOUR practice is perfect
We can't wait to see your variations!
First lie flat on your back on the floor.
Bring both your legs over your head, bending them at the knees.
Hold your left foot with both hands, lift your head, and then gently place this leg behind the neck. Gradually ease the leg down toward the back of the right shoulder.
Now, hold your right foot with both hands. Gently pull it behind the neck and over the left foot. Keep the toes pointed.
Pull both the feet away in opposite directions, to allow them to form a pillow for your head. Lift up your shoulders, stretch your arms behind your back and lock the fingers together if it's available to you.
While your head rests on your feet, lift up your chest. Breathe slowly and calmly 20 or 30 times, or as long as you are feeling comfortable.
To release the pose, exhale and loosen the grip of your hands and legs. Straighten out your limbs and relax for a few seconds.
Repeat the pose, using the opposite limbs this time. continued in comments.