Bhekasana (Frog) – Overview

Lesson Overview

  • Features: Bhekasana / Mandukasana (Frog), and related poses such as Ardha Bhekasana (Half Frog)
  • Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
  • Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; associated benefits and typical effects; contraindications and cautions.


“bheka” = frog

Frog Pose


“manduk” = frog

Heart of Pose

  • Hip Stretch
  • Backbend

Naming & Differentiation

  • Some sources (including B.K.S. Iyengar in Light on Yoga) use Bhekasana and Mandukasana interchangeably, referring to the pose described here.
  • Other sources use the name Mandukasana to refer to a forward bend that massages the abdominal organs. In this pose, begin in Vajrasana. Press navel with both fists and bend forward. See photo and description here.

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