Definition - What does Bhekasana mean?

Bhekasana is an advanced back-bending asana that requires lots of flexibility.

The asana is similar to dhanurasana in that the yogi lies on the belly, brings the heels to the buttocks and grabs the feet. In bhekasana, though, the legs are separated, the thighs remain on the ground and the hands press down on the feet.

Derived from Sanskrit, bheka, means “toad” and asana means “pose” or “posture.” It is one of several asanas known in English as frog pose because the body resembles the shape of a frog in this posture.

Yogapedia explains Bhekasana

In addition to a range of physical benefits, bhekasana promotes focus, productivity and inner acceptance.

Traditionally, bhekasana is believed to open kundalini energy and direct prana to the svadisthana (spleen or sacral) and manipura (solar plexus) chakras, which are the energy centers just below and above the belly button. Activating the svadisthana chakra through bhekasana stimulates creative expression as well as pleasure, joy and feelings of abundance and wellness. By opening the manipura chakra, the yogi strengthens his/her self-esteem and sense of power and energy. A healthy manipura chakra also helps the yogi to be self-motivated and decisive.

Bhekasana is sometimes used synonymously to refer to another frog pose called mandukasana, which resembles a squatting frog with the knees apart.

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