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SITTING       With the Buttafly, you no longer need to slouch or perch uncomfortably on the edge of a regular Yoga block. The Buttafly offers the perfect support for effortless cross-legged sitting with good posture to help you get the most out of your 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 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.

As a prop for Yoga and meditation, the ergonomic curves and wedged-shaped in many ways speak for themselves and the concept fairly easy to understand – it is designed to accommodate the natural contours of the pelvis and it offers a support that helps the Yogi/meditation practitioner to sit in a classical meditation pose with ease and a well aligned posture.

As a device available to nearly everyone for promoting care of the spine and overall health however, it takes some explanation.

You see, when we lie down on our back, much of our weight is taken through the triangular bone at the base of the spine – known as the sacrum. And although gravity has been eliminated, lying on the spine in this way does not allow for an “unwinding” of the habitual postures taken up during the day. For that to happen, we would have to get into water where gravity is eliminated and our natural buoyancy means we are supported and free to move – in much the same way as were able to in the womb.

This is where Buttafly comes in – lying down on our back with a Standard (or Tall – see below) Buttafly placed low down under the pelvis so that the sacrum falls away in the indent. The spine, now off-loaded and in neutral, can make any subtle adjustments it wants to, organised by the natural intelligence of the body. Like corpse pose in Yoga, there is nothing for you to do here… Just lie back and let yourself relax.

So what is the difference between lying down over a Buttafly versus a good night’s kip? Intriguing isn’t it? You would really think that being horizontal for 8 hours would make at least the same difference if not even more perhaps… But early morning assessments show this not to be the case. Off-load the sacrum however and at the same time, offer the body the most gentle of inversions and real magic can happen. For less than the cost of a regular massage, this is self-care you never knew you needed – and given the portability of Buttafly is available to you pretty much any time, any place.

How to position the Buttafly correctly

Come into a low bridge, place the palm of one hand on the sacrum, middle finger pointing down towards the coccyx.

Use the other hand to position a Standard Buttafly with the high end towards the feet under the pelvis so that the sacrum can fall away in the indent. Straighten out the legs one by one and make minor adjustments so that you are comfortable and the pelvis is resting in neutral and the low back is neither arching away from the floor nor dropping towards it. You will want the buttock flesh to be cushioned in between the sit bones and the Buttafly to avoid compression around the sacrum.

If you place the Buttafly to high under the buttocks, the pelvis will be dragged into an anterior pelvic tilt and cause an increase in the lumbar lordosis.

If the Buttafly is placed too low under the buttocks, the pelvis will drop back into a posterior pelvic tilt and cause a reversal of the normal lumbar curve.

Take the time then to find the “sweet spot” where the pelvis is in neutral. Once here, if there is any discomfort at all, try placing a support under the ankles to bring the feet up to the same height as the hips, shown here using a Standard Buttafly under each ankle.

If the discomfort persists for any more than a few minutes then abandon this position and perhaps try another time.