Start sitting down with the legs straight in front of you. Bend the legs and open the knees outward, placing the heel of the feet near the sacrum and the soles of the feet against one another.
Then, exhale and lie down on your back, placing the arms and hands on the floor for support.
Inhale and lift the arms back over the head with the palms touching.
While in the posture don’t try to push the knees down toward the floor, instead keep the thighs and hips relaxed, open the chest and relax the shoulders. Breathe normally, holding this position for about 30 seconds or more.
To come out, straighten the legs down and lower the arms, turn to one side and sit up.
The reclining bound angle yoga posture helps the body relax, stretches the groins, hips and open the shoulders.
Marcia has been practising yoga for over 20 years and has specialised in the Hatha and Ashtanga schools of yoga, although has also enjoyed learning other branches such as Iyengar. As well as yoga she practices meditation, and plays a wide range of sports, including badminton, cricket, cycling, and walking.