ARDHA BADDHA PADMATONNASANA
Half Bound Lotus Intense Stretch
Binding has a “squeezing and soaking” effect on the limbs that are bound. While bound, blood is squeezed out from the tissues in the bound limbs and the organs that are being pressed on by the limbs, when the pose is released fresh blood rushes in bringing with it nutrients and oxygen. This control over circulation seems to create a very strong presence for cleansing and healing in the body.
This asana also focuses on cleansing the liver and spleen, respectively (right to left sides of the posture). The heel presses into the navel center helping to cleanse and tone the digestive organs by stimulating the digestive fire (Agni). Trapped intestinal gas is eliminated along with gastric troubles.
**Note of caution: KNEES . . . this position is the first of the lotus positions, sensitive knees need to move very slowly with lotus. Lotus positions require a twist at the knee joint, If hips are tight, the lotus position requires more twist on the knee to accommodate the tight hip, be patient! Slowly the body will change. Do not add forward bending until you are bound hand to foot. Some knees are OK, with forward bending without binding, and many are not. Err on the side of caution.