Monday, July 4, 2011

Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana

A few weeks ago, some of you had the opportunity to try the standing pose Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana. I mentioned that I had come across a photo that showed a woman in high heels doing the same pose. Here it is!

She's doing the full pose, with an arm reaching around her back to hold on to her lifted foot. We did the pose with both hands on the floor (or a chair or blocks).

Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana -
   "Ardha" = "half" (here, one leg is in a padmasana position, thus the "half")
   "Baddha" = "bound"
   "Padma" = "lotus"
   "Uttanasana" ="intense stretch" (here as in a standing forward bend)

The seated version is Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana
"Paschima" = "west" (refers to the back of the body)

Both poses are useful for preparing the legs and hips for Padmasana, or lotus pose.

If you come across other interesting yoga photos, I'd love to see them!

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