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About Bound Angle Pose
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Diane Clark

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January 12, 2012 - 4:45 pm
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I have a student with spinal stenosis who asked me about performing bound ankle with elevation. What I mean by that is... sitting in bound ankle pose, resting the hands behind the buttocks and elevating the spine (keeping the butt on the floor). It feels really good to her as it takes some pressure off the spinal nerves as the torso telescopes upward. Is there any reason anyone can think of that she shouldn't be doing this?

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Hi Di,

If you are referring to Baddha Konasana, or Bound Angle Pose, your student has found a way to relieve a pinched nerve. If her spine is kept in a straight or nearly straight line, this is a perfect solution. This is very good!

Aum Shanti,


Diane Clark

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Hi Jassmeet,

Yes, Bound Angle pose, I've been calling it bound ankle. .. duhhh. My friend said her physical therapist cautioned her about doing the pose that way, but since it does seem to give her relief, I don't see how that could be problem either. I'm learning so much about what I didn't know I didn't know.


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Hi Diane,

Glad you're learning because your questions help all of us. You ask questions that make me think. Paul had a video of this pose on your back with sit bones against the wall and the legs up the wall, but the knees and the bottoms of feet folded in to touch each other.

The spine is kept straight and your student might get a lot out of it with no pain. Physical therapists are just like everyone; they don't always agree with each other. Why anyone would question a posture that's working is beyond me. Would it please any kind of therapist or teacher to have a patient or student do it in a painful way just to comply with a book?

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