Baddha Padmasana: The locked lotus pose
As the Sanskrit term, ‘baddha’ means locked or bound, this very yoga asana is known as the locked lotus pose. While performing this asana the body reinforces its steadiness and in the final pose, the body forms a complete body locked posture. In the last position, the toes are grasped by the fingers with the arms crossed each other from behind. To perform this asana you need to be more active and expert in padmasana and in other basic asanas of yoga as this pose is said to be the advanced pose of padmasana.
If you are a beginner then you may find it difficult to perform the asana appropriately. But as practice makes everyone perfect you have to spend more time practicing this yoga. But remember never force yourself to perform this yoga.
Steps to form Badha padmasana:
- First, sit in the lotus pose (padmasana) and place your feet on your thighs just close to your groin.
- Next, place your right arm behind your back and stretch it until it reaches your right feet.
- Now bend forward a little and tilt your trunk to your right side so that you can hold the thumb of your right toe.
- Similarly, do the same with your left leg fingers, hold your left thumb of your toe by your left hand by stretching your arms from behind your back.
- Now sit straight and try to keep this position for few moment.
- At this moment your hands and legs are tightly locked, feel the stretch.
- Maintain your head, neck, and spine straight.
- Gaze straight and breathe
- Make sure that your knees are touching the ground.
- Now slowly release your arms and legs slowly.
- Practice this asana for several times to get a good hold on this asana.
- This asana keeps your spine straight and improves its posture.
- It improves your muscle flexibility.
- Baddhapadmasana cures back and shoulder aches.
- This beneficial to arthritis.
- This asana improves your digestives system and is beneficial to constipation.
- Baddhapadmasana gives immense stretch in your shoulders, elbow, ankles, wrists, back, knees, hips and enhance their flexibility.
Points to be noted: If you are a beginner you are advised to get an expert hold on the other basic yoga asanas before trying Baddhapadmasana. Pregnant woman, people with a knee injury or shoulder pain are highly restricted to perform Baddhapadmasana.