Baddha konasana, also known as Cobbler’s Pose is a therapeutic hip and groin opener that can also help boost your fertility.
If your hips are tight raise your pelvis with a blanket. Bend your knees and pull your feet as close towards your pelvis as you can. Drop your knees towards the floor and push the feet together. Grab hold of the big toes and lengthen through the front of the torso as you allow your body to sink down towards the floor.
Eventually your knees will reach the floor and your torso will lie flat over your legs. As you fold forward, lead with the heart until you reach the edge of your flexibility then let the back round and relax the back of the neck downward. Never force your knees down. Remain in Baddha Konasana for several minutes, breathing constantly through the nose.
Some of the benefits of this pose:
- Strengthens and improves flexibility in the inner thighs, groins and the knees
- Helps prepare the hips and groins for meditative seated poses, which require more flexibility in these areas
- Helps to sooth menstrual discomfort and digestive complaints
- Stimulates the abdominal organs, potentially improving the health of the ovaries, prostate gland, kidneys and bladder.
- Alleviates fatigue, according to traditional yoga texts
- Helps open up the lower back and relieves sciatica
- Metaphysically opens up the groin area helping to relieve sexual inhibitions and guilt.