Bird of Paradise Pose

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Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise is an intermediate yoga pose used to open up the hips and groins.


How to: Bird of Paradise

Start with the bound extended side angle pose. Look downwards on the ground as you move your back foot forward. Your both feet should be parallel in front at the ground. Maintain the bind while doing this.

Now slowly transfer your weight on the free leg, i.e. the unbound leg.

Now raise yourself while keeping your bind strong and stable. As you will lift, the bounded leg will also move upwards with you.

Balance yourself on one leg and hold the other leg in mid air. Once you feel stable, you should now make this hanging leg straight so the toes are pointing upwards. Focus your attention on the opposite shoulder.

To gracefully exit, release the bound and lower the leg on to the ground. Now move the free leg backwards to return to the starting position. You may now repeat the procedure for the different leg.


Benefits of Bird of Paradise

Following are the benefits of Bird of Paradise that can be experienced after you add it to your yoga practice:

  • Provides strength to legs and calves.
  • Stretches the hands and legs.
  • Improves overall sense of balance and body stability.
  • Opens and widens the hips, groins and hamstrings.

For newcomers to yoga, the Bird of Paradise is a useful yoga pose in terms of its ability to open up the stiff hips and groins. It’s good for those people who spend a lot of time in a chair or have sitting jobs. If you are new to yoga, you can set and practice this pose for any duration of time. Exit from the pose whenever you begin to feel too uncomfortable.

For advanced yoga students, Bird of Paradise is quite beneficial in improving the body’s balance and stability. It also focuses on stretching and opening of the groins and hips, which is beneficial to athletes. You may deepen the pose by staying in the final position for a longer period of time. Breathe deeply and slowly to make this yoga pose more effective.

You should avoid this pose, or first ask your yoga teacher in case you suffer from the following conditions or ailments:

  • Serious hip or thigh injury
  • Knee injury

Be ready to fly like a free bird as you conquer the yoga pose Bird of Paradise.