Bound Lotus Pose

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Bound Lotus Pose Mean?

Bound lotus pose is a classic yet challenging yoga pose. It is considered the complete form of lotus pose, which is considered the ideal pose for meditation.

Bound lotus pose is performed by beginning in lotus pose. Then the left arm slides behind the back to hold the big toe of the left leg, and the right arm does the same for the right leg.

Bound lotus pose is also called by its Sanskrit name, baddha padmasana or bandha padmasana.

Bound Lotus Pose


Yogapedia Explains Bound Lotus Pose

Bound lotus pose promotes well-being on both the physical and psychological levels.

On the physical level, it has the following benefits:

  • Improves flexibility and endurance levels
  • Opens the shoulders and hips
  • Stretches the spine
  • Strengthens the nervous system
  • Alleviates pain in the back and shoulders
  • Cures sciatic conditions
  • Supports kidney function
  • Improves digestion
  • Aids in treating premenstrual symptoms

On the psychological level, bound lotus pose has the following benefits:

  • Aids in releasing negative emotions
  • Improves focus
  • Promotes one’s commitment to goals and aspirations

This is an advanced posture and should only be attempted once full lotus pose can be comfortably achieved.

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