Reclining Butterfly pose is a restorative hip opener that stretches the groin and adductors and releases tension at the lower back.
RECLINING BUTTERFLY POSE BENEFITS
- Externally rotates the hips.
- Stretches the groin, adductors, hamstrings, knees, chest, shoulders and triceps.
- Can help to alleviate upper and lower back pain.
- Relieves stress.
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.
If your hips are tight, you can put cushions under your knees for support.
Hold for 3-5 minutes, breathing in and out through your nose.
- To Release
Bring your hands to your knees and gently lift them back to centre.
RESTORATIVE VARIATION: Supported Reclining Butterfly
- This restorative variation opens up the hips and improves mobility in the thoracic spine. You can stay in this version of the pose for several minutes. When you support parts of your body on cushions and bolsters, your central nervous system will allow you to let go of deeper layers of tension.
- Avoid this pose if you have a hip injury.