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Baddha konasana

Jo2010-07-05 05:13:12 +0000 #1
Hi, I heard that baddha konasana is contra-indicated in women who have recently given birth. Can someone explain why this is?
xela2010-07-05 05:25:44 +0000 #2
I haven't heard that. I do know that it is actually beneficial to pregnant women though.
paulz2010-07-05 05:30:06 +0000 #3
The short answer is, the post-labor hips are returning to a normal position and baddha konasana is a very "open" position. I think a few months is the normal time frame to wait after birth. Of course, I have no personal experience.

I hope this helps.

Paul
Nichole2010-07-05 06:27:02 +0000 #4
Baddha konasana (bound angle pose) is a wonderful asana to use during pregnancy, and up to delivery, to support the apana prana vayu (the downward moving prana vayu) and to support the vata dosha. On the annamaya kosha, this posture strengthen the hip flexors, sartorius, glut medius, and external hip rotators. It stretches hip adductors. All wonderful to support that external rotation and openness needed to prepare the hips and sacrum for birth and to move that baby safely out. The drishti of baddha konasana is on the 3rd eye, which is also the spiritual heart; this builds love with a kapha-type quality to it--a steady and readied love prepared to deliver the baby in the face of great pain or fear.

Many women will be vata provoked immediately after their delivery and possibly for many months to follow. To name just a few issues, vata provocation can result in postpartum depression and low milk production for some women. Immediately after the birth, and for 42 days after, the ideal is to strengthen the kapha dosha and vyana vayu while pacifying (and lessen) the vata dosha and the apana vayu. Now that the baby is delivered, the effects of baddha konasana on the apana vayu and vata dosha are no longer desired, since the need now is for the uterus and bladder to move upward and back to their home, for the hips to return to an ideal openness for walking and carrying the baby on the outside of the body. Baddha konasana builds vata, but the need now is to support kapha. The kapha dosha needs to be strengthened to produce ojas-rich milk, for the rematrixing of ligaments, a heighten sense of smell (keeps baby and family safe from spoiled foods, fire, dirty diapers, etc), the ability to keep going even when sleep deprived, and a steady and protective motherly love.

Reading through this reply, I realize there is much to share on this subject and that I have been incomplete in my reply. If you are interested, Martha Oaks was the AyurDoula program creator at the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda, the school I attended. You can find more on her program at Welcome to the Home Page for Sacred Window Ayurveda for Mothers & Children: sacredwindow.com/ .

Best wishes for your good work.
Nichole2010-07-05 06:28:20 +0000 #5
I hope that Katgi, a Yoga Forums member who is a midwife and who has a center in Athens, will also add to this post.

Namaste

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