Bhekasana

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Bhekasana (Sanskrit: भेकासन; IAST: Bhekāsana), Mandukasana,[1] or Frog posture[2] is an asana.

Etymology[edit]

The name comes from the Sanskrit words Bheka (भेका, bheka) meaning "frog",[1] and asana (आसन) meaning "posture"[3] since the asana resembles a frog.

Benefits and Risks[edit]

  • Though prolonged practice can cure flat feet.[1][2]
  • Relieves pain in the heels due to calcaneal spurs and in knees due to gout[1]
  • Stretches ankles, thighs and groins, abdomen and chest, and throat, and deep hip flexors (psoas)[2]
  • Strengthens the back muscles[2]
  • Improves posture[2]
  • Stimulates the organs of the abdomen[2]
  • Awakens the kundalini[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Iyengar, B.K.S (1979). Light on Yoga. New York: Schocken. pp. 126–8. ISBN 0-8052-1031-8. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Yoga Journal – Frog posture". Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  3. ^ Sinha, S.C. (1 June 1996). Dictionary of Philosophy. Anmol Publications PVT. LTD. p. 18. ISBN 978-81-7041-293-9. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 

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