The yin yoga posture of dragonfly activates the Kidney, Urinary Bladder, Liver and Spleen meridian lines. It opens the hips, groin, backs of the thighs, and inner knees.
If you have a history of sciatica make sure to elevate your hips. You can also support your knees with padding to ease tension in tight hamstrings or bend your knees and place feet on the floor. If you have fragile knees engage your quads (tops of the thighs). As an alternative you can lie on your back with your legs up the wall spread wide. To come out of the pose inhale, roll up and rest back on your hands.
In the yin yoga pose of lateral dragonfly the Lung, Heart and Large Intestine meridians are activated due to the side bend. The chest and abdomen also open.
As you lean and open the side of the body shift forward on your sitting bones. If available you can grab a hold of the foot or rest your head on your lower hand for support. To release turn to face the extended leg before coming up.
The yin yoga posture of Dragonfly with a twist also activates the Spleen and Stomach meridians and helps to increase circulation in the abdomen and internal organs.
Hold the poses for 3-5 minutes. Place your attention on the breath and aim to be present with the sensations in the body.