By Jennifer Stukey, Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified Chinese Herbalis, Registered Yoga Teacher, & Owner Of Awaken Wellness

Reclined Bound-Angle or sometimes called Queens pose deeply opens the pelvis and abdomen while allowing you to feeling safe and supported. In the yoga sutras Patanjali, an Indian Sage, speaks of “the great golden womb of the universe” he teaches that the entire universe is held within the golden womb. When practicing this pose we tap into the area of the lower abdomen, and pelvis, the womb of our bodies. Naturally it is good for PMS, endometriosis, fibroids, infertility, irregular periods and all types of stress and anxiety. People often report dropping into a deep state of relaxation while feeling held and comforted in this pose.

You will need 4 blankets and a yoga block. Take one blanket and roll it into a tight cylinder and prop it against your yoga block at a diagonal. This will be your recliner. Take 2 blankets and fold then in quarters to be placed under your knees for support. The last blanket will be used to cover you. Once you have you reclined bolster set up, sit in front of it and lay back so that the whole torso is supported by the roll. You may need to adjust yourself by getting closer or further away from the edge of the bolster to make sure that you fully head is support by the bolster. Now place the folded blankets under each thigh to support your legs as you bring the soles of your feet together. Cover yourself with the last blanket. You may not be chilly now but as the body starts to relax and let go you will begin to cool off and to truly relax the body must be warm. I suggest that you rest your arms on your belly, especially if you are using this pose to help with any menstrual or infertility issues. Allow your awareness to be drawn inward to your breath. Let the breath be breathed deep into the belly. Focus on the rise an fall of the abdomen. Let the outside world drift away. Remain in the pose for 5-15 minutes. To come out draw your knees towards each other bringing the soles of you feet to the floor and roll to the right side. Pause on your right side and observe your breath and your mind create an observer of your body. To come up use the strength of your arms to press in to the floor to yourself back up. Come into a seated position and take a moment to enjoy the benefits of deep restoration. Enjoy! Namaste!

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Art work from the Iyangar Institute of San Francisco