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.