The reclined cobbler’s pose, also known as Supta Baddha Konasana is a great way to relax and gently open up the inner groin muscles, while stretching out the front of the hips and inner thigh muscles. When the pose is done with a belt, it can be an incredibly relaxing position.
How to do the reclined cobbler’s pose:
- Begin the pose by sitting on the floor
- Bring the soles of the feet together
- Slowly bring the heels as close in to the body as possible, the soles of the feet towards the sitting bones
- If using a belt wrap the belt around the lower back, bring it inside the knees and then around the outer edges of the feet
- Tie the belt so that it is reasonably tight
- From there just lie back and relax
- Allow the legs to completely relax and let go
- If you have less range in the hips you might need to place a block underneath the thighs to support the knees
- Stay here for as long as possible
- You can also do this pose without a belt, just taking the soles of the feet together and lie back
What to watch out for:
- If this pose causes any pain in the knee joint then release off straight away
- Make sure the belt is around the lower back
- If the knees are really high up use blocks or pillows under the thighs so that you can relax in the pose.
Our instructor is Polly Clark; yoga teacher and founder of Mountain Yoga Breaks who offer weekends combining mountain biking and yoga in the beautiful Welsh countryside.