Buttafly - a versatile
seat and prop for
Yoga and Pilates
With the Buttafly, no longer do you need to slouch or perch uncomfortably on the edge of a regular Yoga block. The Buttalfy offers the perfect support for effortless cross-legged sitting with good posture to help you get the most out of your practice.
Designed by Louise James (Tilly), Physiotherapist and Yoga Teacher to complement the shape of the body, the Buttafly supports the pelvis so that the sitting bones take our weight jsut as nature intended. The indent at the back edge of the support allows the buttock flesh to fall away, thereby avoiding all pressure on the base of the spine so that the whole length of the spine feels light and free.
The gently sloping upper surface makes it easy for you to sit with a neutral pelvis as compared to when you sit on the floor or a regular Yoga block, when the pelvis tends to roll backwards into a posterior pelvic tilt, dragging the sacrum with it and flattening out the natural curve in the low back (lumbar spine). With the pelvis and the base of the spine well aligned, the rest of the spine naturally comes into better alignment making it easier to breathe well.
The indent at the front of the Buttafly provides room for the feet – depending of course on how you come into the cross-legged position.
The fluid curves of Buttafly and its wedged-shape make for a supremely versatile prop for use in Yoga and Pilates – or any situation where support is required to help make a position or posture more comfortable.
Standing side-on, any of the 3 models of Buttafly can be used as a cradle to support ankles, wrists, the backs of knees – and even the forehead as in Child’s Pose.
Here in Savasana, a Flat Buttafly and a Standard Buttafly are being used to offer support under the ankles. This contact around the back of the ankles feels supportive and comfortable and can help people for the simple reason that contact in this way mimics early maternal touch. After bath time, following nappy change or during play, it is very natural for a mother to hold around her baby’s ankles and jiggle the legs.
Positioning the ankles like this can soothe the nervous system and help people switch off more easily – in some ways it is as if the body does not know how to stay alert and “wired” in this position!
For the same reason, support around the wrists can feel very comfortable and relaxing too.
It is also important to offer support in supine with the arms overhead when the shoulders are not flexible enough to allow the arms rest on the floor without causing unwanted movement in the spine. The trick in this position is to offer as much support as necessary, effectively bringing the floor up to meet the arms, so that the spine is not dragged into extension. You will know if this happens because the chest and and the front of the rib cage will be lifted up too.
Here, a Standard Buttafly is being used to support the forehead in Balasana (Child’s Pose) – much more comfortable than using a rectangular block.