Definition - What does Bitilasana mean?

Bitilasana is a beginner's yoga pose. It is a gentle pose that can be performed by most anyone at any level of skill. Bitilasana is generally practiced along with cat pose (marjaryasana). In addition to the physical benefits it offers for the spine and core body, this asana also stimulates the heart chakra, promoting love and trust for the self and others.

To perform bitilasana, the practitioner comes down to the hands and knees. The back arches deeply, while the chest pushes outward and the head leans back.

In Sanskrit, the word bitila means "cow." Therefore, this asana is also called cow pose in English.


Yogapedia explains Bitilasana

Bitilasana and marjaryasana are often paired together in cat-cow pose. Marjaryasana is performed on an inhale and bitilasana is performed on the exhale. This can be repeated up to 10 times.

The mental benefits of practicing bitilasana include:

  • Relaxes the mind
  • Relieves stress
  • Aids in achieving emotional balance
  • Promotes mind-body coordination
  • Sharpens the practitioner's focus

Additionally, bitilasana stimulates anahata, the heart chakra. This chakra is responsible for energy flow and blood circulation. The heart chakra governs traits such as love and trust.

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