Pose of the Week: Supta Baddha Konasana

Image: Beginners in the Tuesday night class

This week the pose is Supta Baddha Konasana. Supta=supine, lying down. Baddha=bound. Kona=angle. So it’s Supine bound angle pose.

The poses of the week thus far have been standing asanas. These create a strong foundation, building steadiness and firmness in the legs. This week we are looking at a supine asana, in a supported variation. It is an asana for rest, as well as opening.

Sometimes we need time out to rest and recover. To truly allow our bodies to relax and give over to the props and floor beneath us. And in Supta Baddha Konasana, while resting over a bolster, we are given the opportunity to allow the chest to open and experience a fullness of breath as the lungs are given the space. Then we can realise the healing benefits of restorative asanas.

We need to study how we are, how we feel. This is what yoga teaches us – svadyahya (self-study). BKS Iyengar in Light on Yoga (p.18) says, when someone is practising svadhyaya s/he reads his/her own book of life and at the same time writes and revises it. Only when you focus on something can you see its effect. You study yourself and observe when you’re stressed, tired and when you need to rest. We all have cycles – emotional, physiological, energetic.

Image: Megan in the Tuesday night Level 2 Class

Our emotions ebb and flow. Just as the moon effects the ebb and flow of the tides. We are also affected by the change of the seasons. As we approach summer the days are becoming lighter and our mood shifts. We are coming out of the darkness of winter and into the light. The sun influences us. And we also affected by the moon cycle. The moon cycle is shorter (28-29 days), therefore we encounter it three times more often than the solar cycle. This week (10th Oct) is the new moon, also referred to as the dark moon. Again we approach the dark side. The moon plays a significant role in the practice of yoga.

In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 3.28 examines how the moon, Chandra, (remember Ardha Chandrasana– half moon pose from last week) refers to the mind and consciousness. The sun refers to our heart. The sun is located in the core of one’s being – the solar plexus situated in the region of the trunk.

So being supine in Supta Baddha Konasana allows us to passively bring about a balance between the moon and the sun – your heart and your mind.

See you on the mat :)

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