Half Bound Lotus Pose

Definition - What does Half Bound Lotus Pose mean?

Half bound lotus pose is an advanced standing forward bend that challenges the practitioner's flexibility level.

To enter the pose, balance on one leg, bringing the other foot to rest on top of the standing thigh as it would in traditional lotus pose. Then bend the body forward over the folded leg until the hands touch the floor. As a modification, this pose can be performed while seated instead.

Half bound lotus pose is also referred to as ardha baddha padmottanasana in Sanskrit.

Yogapedia explains Half Bound Lotus Pose

Half bound lotus pose is a classic forward bending posture that features the following health benefits:

  • Stretches the spine
  • Improves flexibility
  • Stretches the hamstrings, quadriceps and thighs
  • Tones abdominal organs and promotes digestion
  • Boosts performance of the liver and kidneys
  • Strengthens the uterus and ovaries

In addition to these benefits, this pose stimulates the svadisthana (spleen or sacral) chakra, thereby supporting mental health. The svadisthana chakra is associated with positive emotions; thus, practicing this pose helps maintain emotional balance by promoting feelings of joy and wellness.

Those with chronic back pain and asthmatic conditions should refrain from practicing this pose. People with injuries in the ankle, knee and hamstrings should also avoid half bound lotus pose.

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