HALF BOUND LOTUS STANDING POSE
Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana (are-dah BAH-dah pod-mo-TAH-nahs-anna)
BENEFITS OF HALF BOUND LOTUS STANDING POSE
- Promotes healthy posture
- Relieves arthritis symptoms
- Cares for healthy knees
- Lengthens the quadriceps
- Improves digestion
- Increases circulation
SUMMARY OF HALF BOUND LOTUS STANDING POSE
Half Bound Lotus Standing Pose is an intermediate pose perfect for nurturing back and joint health and stability. It supports the proper alignment of the back hence preventing pain and arthritic problems. At the same time, it lengthens the quadriceps muscle, increasing one’s leg flexibility. The pose is also a Sacral Chakra opener meaning it grounds us to the very core of our rationale and our guiding values.
HALF BOUND LOTUS STANDING POSE TUTORIAL
1.) Begin on your mat in Mountain Pose.
2.) Engage your left leg entirely and prepare to balance. Bend your right leg and lift it up towards your chest.
3.) Hold the ankle with your left hand so that the right leg comes across the front of your body in a bent position. You will be balancing on your left leg.
4.) Square your hips and drop your right knee, feel the stretch in your hip and leg.
5.) Hold this position and then with your right arm, reach behind your body and weave it through your left arm to also hold onto your right ankle.
6.) Now raise your left hand to heart center.
7.) Holding your balance, slowly lower your body forward, bringing your left hand to the floor for extra support.
8.) Hold this position for as long as you can. To release from this position, simply raise your body back up. Repeat on the second side.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF HALF BOUND LOTUS STANDING POSE
HALF BOUND LOTUS STANDING POSE FOR A HEALTHIER POSTURE
Half Bound Lotus Standing Pose is perfect to encourage maintaining a healthy posture as it keeps the spine erect, lengthened in its natural position and curvature.
HALF BOUND LOTUS STANDING POSE FOR HEALTHY KNEES
For one without present arthritic problems, Half Bound Lotus Standing Pose cares for the knees’ health as it supports the proper range of movement within the joints.
HALF BOUND LOTUS STANDING POSE FOR STRETCHING THE LEGS
Half Bound Lotus Standing Pose lengthens and stretches the quadriceps as well as the surrounding muscles of the leg.
HALF BOUND LOTUS STANDING POSE FOR GROUNDING & CONSCIOUSNESS
Half Bound Lotus Standing Pose is a classic Sacral Chakra opener, meaning it keeps our rationale and train of thought in check while increasing our awareness and inner consciousness. The pose is perfect when we need to be more grounded and get anchored by our core values.
Contraindications & Cautions
- Knee joints/back/leg injury
- Pain in the knees