Baddha Padmasana

This is a variation of Padmasana. This Aasana is not meant for meditation. It is chiefly meant for health-improvement and for making the body strong. This Aasana is difficult to perform. Those who are unable to practise this Aasana should not be disappointed. They should patiently try to accomplish the final position.

Technique:
Sit in Padmasana with legs crossed. The heels should touch the lower part pf the abdomen. Swing the right armbehind the back of the shoulder and bring the hand near the left hip. Catch the left big toe. Similarly, swing the left arm and and hold the right big toe.
If you experience difficulty in holding the toes, bend slightly forward and make it convenient to hold the big toe.
After catching the toes, sit erect as before and breathe normally. Stay in this position for one or two minutes in the initial stage. Gradually increase the time till you can stay in the position for ten minutes.

Advantages:
1) In this Aasana the weight of the body is borne by the knees and the ankel-joints, so the joints of the leg become strong.
2)Both the heels of the legs get sufficient exercise.
3)The continuous practice of the Aasana helps the person to gradually overcome the weakness of the heart, the lungs, the stomach, the liver and the spine. Moreover it reduces the pain in the knees and the ankle-joints.
4)The Aasana helps to cure ailments like indigestion. fatulence, stomach-ache, etc.
5)By practising this Aasana one can get all the advantages of the Padmasana.

Yoga

Asthanga Yoga
Baddha Padmasana
Kukkut Aasan
Padmasana
Parvatasana