The Sanskrit word baddha means a bond, chain, caught or restrained. The word pada means foot, and kona means corner or angle therefore this is the restrained-foot-angle posture. Considered by many to be a panacea for countless human ills.
Baddha Konasana - Detailed Description
- Sit on the floor with the legs together and extended straight out in front. Keep the back straight, shoulders level and head straight. Place the hands, palms down, flat on top of the thighs then inhale deeply.
- Exhale and bend the knees drawing the feet toward the torso.
- Place the soles of the feet together, clasp the hands over the feet interlocking the fingers pulling the feet closer and placing the heels against the perineum. The outer edge and small toe of each foot should touch the floor.
- Lower the knees to the floor and keep the back straight. Use the elbows to press down on the thighs if necessary to bring the calves and knees to the floor. Hold the posture breathing gently through the nostrils.
- Release the posture and sit with the legs extended out and hands on the thigh
Benefits of Baddha Konasana:
- This asana stimulates abdominal organs, ovaries and prostate gland, bladder, and kidneys.
- Stimulates the heart and improves general circulation
- Stretches the inner thighs, groins, and knees.
- Helps relieve mild depression, anxiety, and fatigue.
- Soothes menstrual discomfort and sciatica
- Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
- Consistent practice of this pose until late into pregnancy is said to help ease childbirth.
Tips and Help:
- The asana should be avoided in case of Groin or knee injury.