By Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) & Dr Manasa, B.A.M.S
In Ardha Bhekasana the practitioner assumes the shape of half frog or half of that of Bhekasana i.e. frog pose and hence the name. It is a reclining pose.
Ardha – Half
Bheka = Frog
Asana = Pose
Frog pose – It is done from a prone position. From this position the knees are bent, arms reach the back and catch the feet and press them down. The arms are reversed, the elbows point upwards and fingertips downwards. The head and chest are lifted and the performer looks upwards. It opens up the quad and hip flexors and also opens up the chest and improves the posture.
Half frog pose is helpful to open up the shoulders, chest and thighs, all at once. It is also considered to be a deep groin opener pose. It is a deep hip stretch. It provides great relief for those having issues in the back, feet or hips. It may benefit runners, swimmers, students…