"Sitting feminine act 2" by Artist Egon Schiele
Woman is practing Baddha Konasana. Also known as bound angle or cobbler pose. Bound angle opens the hips, lengthens the spine, and stimulates the nervous system as well as the reproductive system.
It is important to keep the back flat and chest open. Using your breathe to help elongate your spine, press down through the hips and allow the crown of the head to reach up to the sky. -This woman would really benefit by placing a folded blanket under her hip/sit bones. The pose requires some strength in the back muscles, core and outer thighs. The core is actually playing a part in helping not round the back or drop the shoulders. The back muscles help to keep the spine lifted. The hip and thigh muscles if weak, will limit our ability to allow the knees to fall outward. It may be that your body is just made up in a way that makes the pose more difficult. There are many people that have never practiced yoga before and can easily fall into poses we have been working on for years.
Our bodies are all made up differently. Regardless of our limitation, we make such beautiful shapes and effort however we move our bodies. Our starting place is just as beautiful as our progress. I mean, look how gorgeous this woman is in her pose. Color, line, energy and shape. Whatever lines, shapes and colors you make today,