Baddha Konasana in Vogue

 Photo: Clifford Coffin (Vogue, June 1949)

Photo: Clifford Coffin (Vogue, June 1949)

Even though these models are a little crooked because they’re trying to balance on a sand dune’s slope, they still have good form! None of them is slumped or rounded in the low back, and their bodies express two directions of energy: downward (the pelvis rooting down,) and upward (the upper body extending toward the sky.)

Baddha konasana and its restorative supine version (also known as Goddess pose) are two of our favorite poses. We particularly love supta baddha k with a bolster and a strap because it gives the psoas permission to release.