Frog Pose (Bhekasana)
The sanskrit word ‘Bheka’ means a frog. When performed this asana resembles a frog and hence the name ‘Bhekasana’.
Benefits of the Frog Pose (Bhekasana):
While performing Bhekasana (the frog pose), the abdomen, especially your lower abdomen, is under pressure. This posture builds your body’s resistance against uterine fibroids. All other abdominal organs too are nourished this way, especially the prostate gland, liver and pancreas.
In addition to this, hip, knees, back, thighs and arms too are under strain and so the respective muscles get toned.
How to perform the Frog Pose (Bhekasana):
- Start the asana with lying on your stomach on the floor and arms stretched back.
- While breathing out and bend the knees to move the heels towards the hips.
- Hold the sole of the right foot with the right hand and the left with the left hand.
- Take two deep breaths and lift your head and trunk from the floor and look up.
- Turn the hands now with the palms touching the upper part of the feet, with toes and fingers pointing to the head. Push the hands a bit further down to get the toes and heels closer to the floor.
- Keep your arms from the wrists to the elbows perpendicular. Hold this pose for about 15 to 30 seconds while breathing.
- Breathe out and release the palms from the feet to stretch your legs and relax.
Durations/Repetitions of the Frog Pose (Bhekasana):
Hold Bhekasana (frog pose) for about 15 to 30 seconds while breathing. Repeat thrice.
Difficulty Level and Advancement of the Frog Pose (Bhekasana):
Bhekasana (frog pose) is a difficulty level 4 asana recommended for intermediate yoga practitioner.