Definition - What does Bharmanasana mean?

Bharmanasana is a basic yoga pose that serves as a platform for more advanced floor postures.

In this pose, the yogi places the knees on the mat hip-width apart and vertical to the hips. The toes touch the ground with the feet directly behind the knees. The palms are placed directly under the shoulders. The gaze is fixed on the space between the palms and the pose is held for 20 seconds.

Bharmanasana is also known as table pose in English.

Yogapedia explains Bharmanasana

Bharmanasana stimulates the visuddha (throat) chakra. A balanced visuddha improves communication skills. It also helps develop the courage to be honest in expressing one's self and is associated with the quality of being helpful. If this chakra is out of balance, it is thought to cause problems physically with thyroid disorders, sore throats, fevers and infections. It can also be linked to neck and shoulder problems.

The mental health benefits of bharmanasana include:

  • Energizes the mind
  • Treats mild depression
  • Promotes calm
  • Boosts sense of balance

Beginners can perform the pose with a folded blanket under the knees, if needed.

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