Bhekasana

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Bhekasana (Sanskrit: भेकासन; IAST: Bhekāsana),[1] or Frog posture[2] is a reclining asana in hatha yoga. It is one of several poses that put the body in a shape like that of a frog: another is Mandukasana.[3]

Etymology[edit]

The name comes from the Sanskrit words Bheka (भेका, bheka) meaning "frog",[1] and asana (आसन) meaning "posture"[4] since the asana resembles a frog.

Description[edit]

The pose is entered from a prone position. The arms reach back, the knees are bent and the hands catch the feet, pressing them down. The arms are reversed so that the elbows point upwards and the fingertips downwards. The head and chest are lifted, and the gaze is directed upwards. In the completed pose, the feet reach the floor.[1]

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 e 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. ^ "Mandukasana". Yogapedia. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  4. ^ Sinha, S. C. (1 June 1996). Dictionary of Philosophy. Anmol Publications. p. 18. ISBN 978-81-7041-293-9.

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