How to do Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana, Half Bound Lotus Forward Bend
Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana – This forward bend opens the hips and knees and stretches the spine. The abdominal organs are toned as circulation to the pelvis is increased. The position of the heel also benefits the digestive system.
1. Many people find it useful to warm up the hips first by cradling one leg to the chest. Hold the knee and foot and press them together, or if you have the ability, take the foot and knee in the crook of your elbows and interlace your fingers. Then work into the hip joint by moving your bent leg slowly from side to side.
2. Sit on the floor with both legs extended in seated staff posture. Bend the left knee as in the warm up position. To bring the leg into half lotus pose, hold the left foot in close to the navel and let the left knee move forward as it comes down toward the earth (there is a sense of rolling the ball of the thighbone in the hip socket while you square the hips to the front).
3. Bring the outer ankle to the very top of the right thigh. If the outer edge of the left foot is all that reaches the thigh you risk overstretching the ligaments, it is best to work on hip opening poses to build toward this pose at a later stage.
4. On an exhalation, twist the torso to the left, rotate the left shoulder inward, and reach the left forearm behind the waist to grasp the toes of the left foot with the fingers of left hand.
5. Create length in your spine before folding the upper body forward from the hips, bringing the chest toward the right thigh and clasping the right foot with the right hand. Asked the big toe of the left foot with the thumb and forefinger of the left hand.
6. Stay here for 5 to 10 breaths. Continue to move the chest forward, opening the heart as you draw the shoulder blades down and back. Lengthen the front of the body. Inhale to come up and repeat on the other side.
Gaze: Front toes or tip of nose
- One Leg Folded Forward Bend
- East Stretch Posture
- Practice only the first stage
- Don’t wrap the arm around the body
- Grasp a belt around outstretched foot and/or the ankle of the bent knee
- Place sole of foot of the bent leg on the floor instead of on top of the thigh
Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana, Half Bound Lotus Forward Bend Counter poses
In yoga we use a counter pose in a sequence; For example, a twist follows a backbend to “neutralise” the spine, or a forward bend follows a backbend to help lengthen the spine and calm the nervous system.