Baddha padmasana binds the body into a symbol of infinity. In Kundalini yoga, this asana helps awaken kundalini energy, destroy karmic obstacles, and clear the pathways for energy to flow. It is a powerful, restorative posture that can help the practitioner rest in a state of stillness and awakened consciousness (samadhi).
Practicing baddha padmasana clears the chakras and rebalances the body. Its heart-opening stance energizes the anahata (heart) chakra, and the pose stimulates the nerve center associated with the manipura (solar plexus) chakra. This stimulation draws energy into the body, and can help the practitioner eliminate negative behaviors and unwanted habits.
When used as part of a purely physical practice, baddha padmasana strengthens and straightens the spine, improves posture and flexibility, relieves digestive disorders, and energizes the whole body. It also makes the joints more limber and eases arthritic conditions.
Additionally, this asana calms the mind, relieves stress, improves focus and boosts self-confidence.