Baddha Konasana Yoga: Baddha Konasana refers to that yogic posture where the practitioner’s body will be locked up in a typical angle.
The Sanskrit term ‘Baddha’ means ‘locked up’ while ‘Kona’ points to an ‘angle’.
Methodology of Baddha Konasana Yoga
- You will proceed to the Baddha Konasana posture from Bhadrasana.
- As you clasp your toes and the foreparts of the feet with your fingerlock, sit erect.
- Your back and head will have to remain straight.
- The feet are firmly placed on their outer edges on the floor.
- Look straight ahead.
- Gradually bend forwards even as you place the elbows on your thighs.
- Gently press down the elbows.
- Deeply inhale within 10 seconds and exhale within 15 seconds.
- This asana has to be completed as you exhale.
- While exhaling draw in your abdomen.
- Gently bend forward the trunk and pelvis from the posterior bones.
- There shouldn’t be any jerks. The movements must be flowing into one another.
- Simultaneously lower your elbows beyond our shin.
- Bend forward to the optimum level.
- Gently place your forehead on the ground.
- The head will be placed just in front of your feet.
- But do not rise from your seat while doing this posture.
- Firmly place your elbows and forearms on the ground.
- The elbows must be in one line.
- Remain in this position for about five seconds; gradually increase the time to 10 seconds.
- Actually you should stay put in this position as long as you can hold out your breath.
- Slowly inhale even as you release the feet.
- Straighten your arms;
- Stretch out your legs raise your head and trunk together;
- Now return to the starting position.
- Again assume the sitting erect position.
- Relax till you resume your breathing rhythm.
- Do this strenuous exercise just twice.
Advantages of Baddha Konasana Yoga
- Excess thigh flab gets reduced.
- The pelvis and abdomen muscles get toned up.
- There is a proper distribution of the weight of the flexed knees.
- The adductor muscles along the inner thighs gets toned up.
- Tension is released from the spinal coccygeal and sacral regions.
- Stiff joints of the ankle, hips and knees are provided elasticity.
- The urogenital muscles and ligaments obtain supply of fresh oxygenated blood.