Yoga: Basic Stretches


I hope you have been through my Introductory post on Yoga and the Breath technique to follow while in an aasana. This post in the Yoga series will shed light on one of the basic stretches, the Butterfly stretch for the lower half of your body. Also known as ‘Purna Titali Aasana’, where ‘Purna’ means ‘Complete’, ‘Titali’ means ‘Butterfly’. In this pose the legs spread out imitate the outstretched wings of the Butterfly in flight.



Photo Credits: Haarika Reddy


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How to Do it:

  •  Sit on the floor with your legs stretched in front.
  • Hold the ankles of the respective leg and Fold the leg in the knee to bring the soles facing and touching each other (as in the picture)
  • Breath in and slowly move the knees up and down to imitate a butterfly, Continue as long as possible
  •  Exhale, and then Inhale again to assume the butterfly movement of your legs.
  • Then gently release the knees to stretch out your legs and rest them.


This pose soothes stiffness in your legs and Hips. Helps overcome fatigue too.


Keep your spine, head and neck erect. Avoid this stretch if you have knee pain, If you have had a knee surgery consult your Doctor.

Outfit Details:

White Crop Top: Vero Moda

Green Crochet Singlet – Allen Solly

Black ‘n White Stripe Legging – OASAP

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37 Replies to “Yoga: Basic Stretches”

  1. Yes Yes! I do include Butterfly stretches in my routine and it indeed is beneficial

  2. Lovely pic there of the aasana !! and yes I do Butterfly stretches too while working out. 🙂

  3. Couldn’t agree more the benefits you mentioned here about this stretch!

  4. Indeed!! This is something I do as part of my stretching routine too…!!

  5. Oooo!! Sounds like an easy stretch, I must include this in my routine

  6. Thanks for sharing so many details about this pose ! I din’t know them at all

  7. Oh wow! Great Post ! Spot on with all the benefits you mentioned !!

  8. Agreed! Poorna Titliaasan is one of the most beneficial stretches you need to have in your routine

  9. i have planned to start doing some exercise and yoga 😀 this post is going to be very helpful 🙂

    1. Me too!! I mean it’s convenient too!

  10. This is great, and so helpful! Will try this butterfly pose soon. Thanks for sharing!
    Melanie @

  11. Chaicy this is awesome… along with meditation I am looking to do some yoga…just some simple poses to begin with… since my knees cab’t handle much…. xox ♡

  12. Aw that such a useful post! Thanks for sharing! I practice yoga for a two years and i love it!

  13. As a runner, this would be a great pose to do after my workouts to stretch out tight hips! Thanks so much for the tip. 🙂

  14. Wow! i’m so inspired. I have started out on yoga very recently and I find it so wonderful 🙂 love the yoga post

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