Definition - What does Garland Pose mean?
Garland pose is a squatting posture that offers multiple benefits to yoga practitioners and stretches many parts of the body.
To enter this pose, squat with the thighs opened wider than the torso. Heels should be planted firmly on the floor. The palms are brought together into prayer position with the elbows pressed against the inner knees.
Garland pose is also known as malasana in Sanskrit.
Yogapedia explains Garland Pose
Garland pose is a basic posture that works several different body parts simultaneously, opening the hips and improving mobility. It helps the practitioner increase their flexibility before moving on to more advanced postures. And as it does improve the posture in general, garland pose is especially recommended for people who spend a lot of time sitting down each day.
More advanced variations include putting the hands on the ground or grabbing onto the heels. Once the practitioner is comfortable in this pose and can perform it without straining the knees, it can also be used as a meditative posture.
It is also known as squatting birth pose because it is believed to be ideal for delivering a baby due to the position of the birth canal as it allows the mother to push downward without wasted energy, with the force of gravity assisting in the process.
Finally, as a modification for those who have trouble keeping the heels on the ground, a rolled blanket or foam blocks may be placed under the heels.