Definition - What does Prapadasana mean?

Prapadasana is a toe-balancing posture that places pressure on and stimulates the calves and ankles. From Sanskrit, pra means “forward” or “before,” pad means “foot” and asana means “pose."

There are different variations of this asana. In the most commonly described version, the body balances on the toes with the heels lifted, then one leg is lifted and taken into lotus pose with the palms brought together in front of the heart.

In another variation of prapadasana, both feet remain on the ground and the hips simply rest on the heels as the yogi balances on the toes. The hands may be brought into prayer position then lifted over the head. The knees can be kept together or taken wide apart.

Prapadasana may also be referred to in English as tiptoe pose.

Yogapedia explains Prapadasana

Prapadasana is said to be beneficial for memory and concentration, given the focus it requires. Different variations of prapadasana may be sequenced together to enhance the benefits of the posture.

Traditionally, prapadasana is associated with the seventh chakra, the sahasrara. Working with this chakra is said to help yogis experience unity and realize their connection with everything. It can help the yogi to open him/herself up to the Divine while remaining physically grounded.

Some yogis say that the ankles are associated with both tackling rigidity and controlling impulses. As prapadasana does stimulate the ankles, it is thought to help the yogi become more physically and mentally flexible, as well as more in control of his/her animal instincts.

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