The ancient yoga gurus were impressed by every living thing surrounding them and they tried to mimic the competency and skills of animals. That´s why various yoga poses were named after animals, including mammals, birds and fish among other.
Each animal has a sacred gift for humans to learn. Before going into an animal pose try to imagine what it could feel like to be that animal – thinking how it moves and plays, how and what it eats and where it actually comes from.
This pose in the photo is a great hip opener giving you a good stretch for the inner thighs, groins and knees. In addition, it helps in intestine and bowel movement, plus it removes fatigue from long hours of standing and walking. It also stimulates heart and abdominal organs and improves digestive circulation.
Butterfly pose is excellent for women, because it offers relief from menstrual discomfort and menopause symptoms. It can also be useful practiced by pregnant women helping in smooth delivery.
"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen -