‘Baka’ means a stork. Bakasana is one among the best of the asanas. Two different techniques have been given here.
- A beginner should practice this asana with the support of a wall.
- Place the forearms and the elbows on the floor.
- Push against the floor lightly with the legs.
- Slowly move the legs five cms away from the wall and try to balance the body on the forearms.
- Breathe normally. Practice this for a Mint
Technique (Posture 1) :
- Brace the palms on the floor.
- Press the shin against the arms.
- Now, raise the body. Place the toes under the elbows so as to support them.
- Hold the breath. Hold the position. Gradually, increase the time to the limit of fifteen minutes.
Technique (Posture 2) :
- Take the position of Bakasana as shown above.
- In the first type of Bakasana, the soles are supported under the elbows.
- In the second type, there is a variation.
- Take the soles backwards and rest them together below the hips as shown in Technique 2.
- See that the right sole presses against the left sole.
- The remaining process is the same as shown in the first type.
Advantages of Bakasana:
- This asana exercises all the parts of the body. It particularly strengthens the organs of the abdomen and chest. The spine also achieves strength, flexibility and vitality.
- As the Prana is sublimated in the asana, it bestows mental peace.
- It has all the benefits that Utthita Padmasana has.
- It stimulates the digestive, the respiratory and the nervous systems.
Note : Kapalabhati performed during this asana bestows many benefits but the exercise should be done after sufficient practice of this asana.