This restorative yoga pose has many benefits: it stimulates abdominal organs and the heart and improves general circulation. It stretches the inner thighs, groins, and knees. It helps relieve the symptoms of stress, mild depression, menstruation and menopause and calms the nervous system.
Step by Step
- Lie down comfortably on your back, with your legs extended and your arms at your sides, palms face up toward the ceiling.
- Bend your knees to bring the soles (bottoms) of your feet together to touch. Rest the outer (pinky toe) edges of your feet on the mat. Let the legs fall open and allow gravity to support the weight of the legs.
- Check in with your body. If your hips and groin are feeling tight, you can take your feet further away from your body or place yoga blocks under your knees or thighs. Alternately, if you’re feeling more open, you can bring your feet closer toward your body to deepen the stretch.
- Relax your shoulders away from your ears and allow your back body to sink more deeply into the mat.
- To come out of the pose, take the palms of the hands on the outer thighs to gently fold the legs together, and bring the soles of the feet flat down on the mat. Then, hug your knees into your chest and gently rock from side to side to release the low back.