Auspicious, or bhadrasana, is a meditation pose that stretches your groin area and helps open your hips. It is said to ease childbirth and help prostate and urinary tract health
Practice of Bhadrasana
- Sit with your legs spread out.
- Bring both feet together and join the soles of your feet.
- Bring both heels as close as possible to the body.
- Try to touch the knees on the floor.
- Keep the head, neck and spine in one straight line, keep abdomen comfortably drawn in.
- Observe your breathing.
- Initially, give slow ‘butterfly movements’ by slightly lifting the knees and pushing them down. This helps increase flexibility in the hip joint.
- Bhadrasana is a conditioning asana and helps one prepare for further action.
- It increases concentration and quietens the mind.
- Also increases flexibility of the lower limbs.
- The pose can relieve stiffness of knees, hips and ankle-joints
- Bhadrasana should be practiced for healthy kidneys, prostrate, and urinary bladder.
- Tension is released from the spinal coccygeal and sacral regions.
- Practicing of this posture helps in blood supply to the muscles and ligaments of the uro-genital region.
- The pelvis and groin muscles are strengthened.
- Inner thighs get toned up.
- Severe arthritis, acute slipped disc and any injuries or surgeries on the legs.
- Beginners may find it difficult to practice Bhadrasana and might not be able to maintain the posture for long.
- This is mainly due to inflexibility of hip joint and thigh muscles. With regular practice, this can be overcome.