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Stat loosening to hips with the previous poses 1 to 3…
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please make sure your body is warmed up before getting into stretches. Move slowly and mindfully at all times. Feeling tight muscle pain is normal but having sharp pain is NOT! Always listen to your body.
Start in a table-top position, push your knees out as far as they can, point your toes to the sides. Your legs and feet should be in 90degree angle. Rest your head on the block or on the mat. Breathe and relax here for 1 to 5 min.
5. RECLINING GODESS (SUPTA BADDHA KONASANA)
Lie down on your back, bring sole of the feet together and relax the knees to the sides. If this causes too much discomfort, place a pillow or a blanket under your legs close to your hips to keep your knees elevated and supported.
The natural tendency in this pose is to push the knees toward the floor in the belief that this will increase the stretch of the inner thighs and groins. But especially if your groins are tight, pushing the knees down will have just the opposite of the intended effect: The groins will harden, as will your belly and lower back. Instead, imagine that your knees are floating up toward the ceiling and continue settling your groins deep into your pelvis. As your groins drop toward the floor, so will your knees. If you want to increase the stretch simply elevate the hips with a blanket or a block.
Keep your hands at a relax position: you may interlace your arms over head by holding the elbows, you may also keep them open like a cactus on the sides or bring hands on your tummy.
This is one of the classical restorative postures in yoga; stimulates abdominal organs like ovaries, prostate gland, bladder, and kidneys… stimulates the heart and improves circulation; helps with depression, stress, and relive negative emotions. Stay with this pose for at least 2 to 10min. Close your eyes, breath deeply and allow your body to relax.
To come out of the pose slowly brings the knees together then roll on to your side, take your time before you come up to sitting.
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