Bhekasana Pose Nourishes Uterus, Prostate Gland, Liver & Pancreas
The Bhekasana, or the “Frog Pose” of yoga nourishes the uterus and builds the body’s resistance against the formation of uterine fibroids if it is done from a young age. So the Bhekasana is very relevant for women. As it is a stretching exercise that focuses on the abdomen, the thighs, hip, knees and calf muscles, it is also beneficial for everyone.
How to Do the Frog Pose (Bhekasana)
Start by lying down on a mat, face down. Your arms are by your sides and your feet are together with the big toes touching each other. Inhale and exhale normally and be comfortable at this position before doing the next move.
Now lift your arms and place them in front of your head. Place your palms on the carpet. After a deep inhalation, press your palms against the carpet and use this pressure to raise yourself chest upwards off the carpet. Look as up and hold your head high and fix your gaze ahead of you. This will help you to keep your head in an upright position.
Pause at this position for some time and resume breathing normally. Now comes the next move. Bend your right leg from your knee and place your right foot on your right buttock. You will have to put more pressure on your left palm when you lift your right palm off the ground. This will help you to remain steady when you lift your right arm.
Rotate your right arm towards your right foot and firmly grasp your right leg. You should slide your hand up and press the right foot against the buttock. Your palm now grips the foot from the top and your foot sole is placed on your buttock. You are now in the Half Frog Pose or Ardha Bhekasana.
Your left arm is still ahead of you and your left leg is lying straight. To go into the Full Frog pose bring your left arm that is still placed in front of you on the mat and simultaneously bend your left leg. Now grip the left leg with your left arm and place the left foot on your left buttock.
But before you lift your left arm off the mat, tighten the grip of your right hand over your right foot, so that you do not rock and your chest and head do not drop towards the mat.
After you hold you left foot too, both your legs are bent at your knees and you have grasped both your foot soles with your palms. You are now in the full frog pose.
How to Come Out of the Frog Pose (Bhekasana)
You will need to release the hold of your one hand over a leg and bring your arm to the front. Now place your released palm on the carpet to support your upper torso that is upraised. Simultaneously straighten your other leg by unfolding it at the knee and place your foot on the carpet.
But do these steps slowly without any jerky movement. The chances are that after releasing your first arm and leg, the added pressure on the other arm that is still gripping the leg can be loosened and consequently your torso may slump to the mat. You could end up hurting your chin and even spraining your neck.
Benefits of the Frog Pose (Bhekasana)
While doing the frog pose (Bhekasana), your abdomen, especially your lower abdomen, is under pressure. For women, the main benefit of this posture is that it exercises and nourishes the uterus. This pose also provides overall benefit to your urogenital tract. In addition, if it is done from a young age it builds the body’s resistance to uterine fibroids.
In general, this posture also builds your body’s resistance against uterine fibroids. All other abdominal organs too are nourished this way. Especially the prostate gland, liver and pancreas.
In addition to this, your, hip, knees, back, thighs and arms too are under strain and so the respective muscles get toned. Among the muscles, the most to benefit when you do this pose are the quadriceps (thigh muscle) and deep hip flexors.
To derive comprehensive benefits from the different yoga exercises, do this exercise along with other yoga exercises like the Ardha Chandrasana to resist ailments like osteoporosis and slipped disc,the Mandukasana to resist diabetes, and the Halasana to exercise your entire body with a single posture.
Eat Healthy Nutritious Food to go with Yoga
Please also do remember to eat healthy and nutritious food that is high in fiber, is non-greasy and low in calories. This will supplement your yoga exercises and help you to get the best out of yoga.
A Word of Caution
Patients suffering from any back or hip related ailments like sciatica or slipped disc should avoid doing this exercise. Also those who suffer from migraines, high or low blood pressure and expectant mothers should not do the frog pose.
Before you start doing this exercise, do consult your doctor and yoga instructor.