Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana -->Half Bound Lotus Forward Bend

Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana Health Benefits

This posture in Ashtanga Yoga is one of the first ones in floor sequence in Primary Series. This intense forward bend opens up the hips and knees and stretches the hamstrings and spine. The abdominal organs are toned as circulation to the pelvis is stimulated. Furthermore, the lotus leg heel is pressing into the abdominal organs and it benefits the digestive system. 

  • It increases the flexibility of the knee joints
  • Stretches the shoulder joints
  • Increases the flexibility of the hip joints
  • It stretches the back muscles and increases blood circulation to the spinal nerves
  • It stretches and tones the hamstrings and calf muscles
  • Massages and tones the internal organs, which is beneficial for weight loss 
  • This posture relieves constipation
  • Stimulates the liver, kidneys, ovaries, and uterus