Upavista Konasana - Wide Angled Seated Forward Fold

Ok so here's the thing, I have always struggled with this pose but today I practiced it and was finding ways to enjoy it - as I had suggested others to do - find a way to enjoy a pose you normally avoid. So I found a way and I practiced it and actually managed to stay in it for a few more breaths than I would do normally - still not a long time but hey ho, I'm getting there. The trouble I have is what is stopping me from bending all the way forward. What is that muscle on my inner thigh that is so tight that it feels like its going to snap? Yes when I'm in any of the preparatory poses I dont have a problem (note that all these poses require bent leg so its clearly something that happens when legs are straightened out).

The question I have though is that if these are the preparatory poses (thanks Yoga Journal) and I have the openness to go into them then why am I finding Upavista Konasana such a challenge? Answers in the comments below please lovely teachers.

Preparatory Poses

  • Baddha Konasana
  • Dandasana
  • Prasarita Padottanasana
  • Supta Baddha Konasana
  • Supta Padangusthasana