Bhekasana (Frog) – 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
“manduk” = frog
Heart of Pose
- Hip Stretch
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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