In Sanskrit “Baddha” means “Locked or Sealed”. The English name of the asana is “Locked Lotus Pose”.
Position : Sitting
Type : Locking pose
Spiritual Awareness : Balancing influence on all the chakras
Physical Awareness : Spine, knees, shoulders, abdomen, ankles, arms, and on the whole body. Awareness in normal breathing
Dosha Suitability : Best advisable for Vata, whereas Pita and Kapha can also benefit.
Introducery Asanas : Baddha Konasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana, Janu Sirsasana, Vajrasana
- Sit in Padmasana. Take the arms behind the back and cross them.
- Breathe out, leaning forward slightly, and reach for the right big toe with the right hand and the left hand. If it is difficult to grasp the toes, stretch the shoulders back so that the shoulder blades are brought nearer to each other. Hold the big toe of the foot which is uppermost first.
- Breathe in deeply.
- Exhale, bend forward and try to touch the forehead to the floor. This is an advanced form of Yogamudrasana.
- Remain in the final position for as long as is comfortable breathing deeply and slowly.
- Return to Padmasana, cross the legs the other way around and repeat the practice.
Follow-up Asanas: It is best suggested as a preparatory posture for meditation.
Spotlight Effects: Spine, knees, shoulders, abdomen, ankles, arms with body and mind relaxation.
The variation gives increased benefits of Yogamudrasana, massaging all the internal organs. Spiritually, it is used in the process of awakening Kundalini.
- It alleviates pain in the shoulders, arms, and back.
- It encourages normal growth in children with poorly developed chests.
Precautions and Contraindications:
People with serious ankle, knee, hips, or lower back injuries should not attempt this asana.