Summer is officially here! We just celebrated the summer solstice yesterday with our first, live, online Summer Solstice Event. Sending a big shout out and thank you to everyone who joined us for that event! By attending the event, you were supporting the education of underprivileged girls in India, so a big thank you from my heart to yours.
Today, I am going to lead you through a yoga posture to help you cool down for the summer. The pose is called baddha konasana, or bound angle pose. This pose is both cooling and grounding. We will do a restorative version of this pose today, so some props will come in handy. If you don't have yoga props at home, no worries! You can still do this practice using a rolled up blanket as a bolster and also having a few cushions handy. We are all about making this super simple for you to practice at home!
Baddha Konasana – Restorative Props:
Bolster, or Rolled up blanket
Block, or Cushions
Watch the video or follow the instructions below.
Extend your legs in front of you
Bring your hands behind your knees, draw your knees into your chest
Allow your knees to fall out to the side and bring the soles of your feet together
Draw your feet close into your body a comfortable distance from your seat
Restorative modification: Grab your bolster or cushions and place them over your feet. Fold forward and allow your forehead to rest on top of the bolster or cushion. You may need to adjust the height of your bloster, blocks, or cushions so that you are comfortable in this position.
Once you have found your comfortable position, I encourage you to close your eyes and draw your awareness inward toward your heart.
Enjoy 5-10 deep, full breaths here, just allowing yourself to experience any sensations that you feel within the body.
When you feel complete with the pose, take your time coming out of it. Gently open your eyes. Bring your torso upright. Place your hands to the outside of your knees to draw your knees together. Then, extend your legs out.
I hope you enjoyed this pose – it is certainly one of my favorites!
Over the next few weeks, I will offer you more cooling yoga practices to help you beat the heat this summer!