Daily Archives: December 8, 2013

Read the NY Times In Baddha Konasana

baddha konasana

I am currently taking Senior Teacher Mary Obendorfer’s workshop. She gave us a curious “homework” assignment. She she instructs her students to read the NY Times in Baddha Konasana (bound angle pose)…cover to cover! That is a tall order, but she is trying to illustrate that some poses need far more time to stay in than we get an hour to hour and a half class. This is what Baddha Konasana looks like:

In Baddha Konasana sit on folded blankets and make sure the knees are at least hip level or below.

I haven’t been much of a NY Times fan since William J. Broad has been writing ridiculous articles about the dangers of yoga. So my “modification” to Mary’s homework assignment is to do a blog post in Baddha Konasasna.

I had a surgical procedure on my prostrate about a year ago, and found this pose helpful in my recovery. With over 80% of yoga students being female, it is hard to find good men’s yoga pose sequences. Coupled with Supta Padangusthasana (reclined big toe pose) and Supta Baddha Konasana (reclined bound angle pose), this makes for a great sequence for men’s health.

Reflecting on what you learned in class

In today’s class at Unity Church, I addressed stiffness in the body and used chair for props in Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog), Utthita Trikonasana (extended triangle pose), Parsvottanasana (intense side stretch of the body pose), and Parivritta Trikonasana (revolved triangle pose).

U T in chair

Utthita Trikonasna with chair

As reiterated in class, we feel stiffness all over the body in these poses, and as beginners we have to learn that there are different types of stiffnesses in each body part. In yoga we go from Bahiranga (external path) to Antaratma (the path of the soul), and how to penetrate stiffness and understand it’s origin are along the lines of going from the external to the internal.

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Adho Mukha Svanasasna with Chair

A good home practice would be to try to recreate some of these poses using a chair and see if you can understand and categorize your stiffnesses while in the pose.