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Lying Butterfly

Wai Lana Yoga : Lying Butterfly Pose

This relaxing pose gently opens the groin and stretches the inner thighs.

To make it truly restorative, don’t worry about pressing your legs toward the wall; just relax. 

  1. Sit sideways very close to the wall.
  2. Turn as you lie down on your back so that both feet and buttocks are against the wall. 
  3. Bend your knees outward and bring the soles of your feet together, using your hands to bring your feet a little closer to your groin. 
  4. Place your hands on your knees and gently press your legs toward the wall or just rest your hands on your abdomen. Do abdominal breathing. Stay here as long as you like, relaxing into the pose.
  5. Extend your legs up the wall, then bend your knees and roll onto your side to come up.

Hints

As you inhale, allow your abdomen to gently expand. Notice how this helps release the muscles of the hips and groin. 

Benefits

  • Loosens your groin and inner thigh muscles
  • Helps relieve sciatica and varicose veins
  • Keeps the reproductive system healthy
  • Relieves menstrual cramps 
  • Regulates blood pressure

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