Reclining Butterfly

Benefits

  • Externally rotates the hips.
  • Stretches the groin, knees, chest, shoulders and triceps.

Therapeutic

  • Can help to alleviate upper and lower back pain.
  • Relieves stress.

Skill Level

  • Beginner

Category

  • Hip Opener 

Yoga 15 Series

Instructions

  • Lie on your back, bring the soles of your feet together and let your knees fall open in the shape of a diamond.
  • Bring your arms up overhead and take hold of opposite elbows.
  • Completely relax into the pose, allowing gravity to open up your hips.
  • Hold for 3-5 minutes, breathing in and out through your nose. 
  • To come out of the pose, bring your hands to your knees and gently lift them  back to centre. 

Modification

  • If your hips are tight, you can put cushions under your knees for support. 

Contraindication

  • Avoid this pose if you have a hip injury.