Training & Nutrition

Reclined cobbler’s pose – cycling yoga

Yoga for cyclists: Reclined cobbler’s pose by Total Women’s Cycling a Road Cycling video by Total Women’s Cycling

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.

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