Discover your optimum sitting posture
Sit comfortably for longer with the buttafly
If you use Yoga blocks and props for your practice, you’re going to love the Buttafly!
No longer do you need to slouch or perch uncomfortably on the edge of a regular rectangular Yoga block. The Buttafly offers the perfect support for effortless cross-legged sitting with good posture, helping you get the most out of your Yoga practice. It supports the pelvis so that the sitting bones take our weight, just 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 and ensuring that the whole length of the spine feels light and free.
Easy Pose (Sukhasana)
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 also provides ample room for the feet – depending of course on how you come into the cross-legged position.
Squat Pose (Malasana)
The Buttafly can help us practice a squat in two ways:
By placing it under the heels – this takes the stress off of the ankles, helping us to settle into a deeper flexion of the hips and knees
By placing it under the sit bones – with enough height offered by the support, the body weight is taken through the feet. The Buttafly is just there to help you balance, taking a tiny bit of weight and, due to its inclined surface, helping to prevent you falling backwards
Corpse Pose (Savasana)
Here, 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.
Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)
Pigeon pose presents a strong challenge to the core! The extended leg has to have a good range in flexibility of the tissues across the front of the hip and the hip of the bent leg has to have a good degree of external rotation for your bottom to reach the floor. Often people accommodate a lack of range in the bent leg by twisting the pelvis to get the back of their thigh on the floor – but this pose benefits from the pelvis staying squared and using appropriate support that you can stay here with ease and wait for the tissues to melt allowing you to deepen into the the pose. Here the wedge shape of a Standard Buttafly does the trick perfectly (the thigh is not shown as touching the Buttafly in order to better show its positioning) – a Tall Buttafly could also be used for those with less flexibility.
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Here, a Standard Buttafly is being used to support the forehead in Balasana (Child’s Pose) – much more comfortable than using a rectangular block offering space for the nose.
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