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Baddha Padmasana: Meaning, Steps, Benefits


Baddha Padmasana is an advanced variation of Lotus Posture. It is the medieval version of ancient Lotus Posture. This is one of the yoga poses meant for meditation.

Let us have look at its origin, history, meaning, steps and benefits.

Baddha Padmasana Information

Pose NameBaddha Padmasana
Sanskritबद्ध पद्मासन
IASTbaddha padmāsana
English NameBound Lotus Pose
Locked Lotus Pose

Origin and History

In fact, what is being understood now as Baddha Padmasana was the description given by Hatha Yoga Pradipika for simple Lotus Pose.

But Lotus Pose is older than Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Earlier texts like Thirumanthiram and Yoga Yajnavalkya describes a simple Lotus Posture only.

Baddha Padmasana is the version of Lotus Pose which is specific to Hatha Yoga Pradipika and other medieval Hatha Yoga Texts. However the name is a modern one.

Baddha Padmasana Meaning

The term Baddha Padmasana is the combination of words Baddha and Padmasana. Baddha means bound or locked. So, Baddha Padmasana is Bound Lotus Pose or Locked Lotus Pose.

Baddha Padmasana Practice Regime

The Practice Regime includes precautionary measures, preparatory poses, steps, and follow up poses.

Baddha Padmasana Safety and Precautions

If anyone has the following health conditions, she should avoid this posture.

  • Pregnancy
  • Sciatica pain
  • Knee injury or disorder
  • Lower back ailments
  • Shoulder injury or disorder

In case of doubt, consult your doctor before taking this practice.

Preparatory Poses

The following postures help one to master Bound Lotus Pose.

Baddha Padmasana Steps

Step 1

Sit in Lotus Posture. Take your arms and cross them behind the back.

Step 2

Reach out for big toes and hold the right big toe with the left hand and left big toe with the right hand.

Step 3

Breathe Normally. Retain the position as long as it is comfortable.

Step 4

Release the position. Sit again in Lotus Posture with legs crossed the other way. Repeat the Steps 1 to 3.

Baddha Padmasana Duration

Duration depends on the capacity of the practitioner. The point is one should not feel any discomfort during the practice. Advanced Yogis perform meditation in bound lotus posture.


If it is difficult to hold the big toes, adjust your shoulders and try again. Still if you find it difficult, stretch your hands towards the toes to the maximum ability. Continue to be in that position. In the course of time, it will be easier. Regular practice of poses like Cow Face Pose will facilitate the process.

Baddha Padmasana Follow Up Poses

Any one of the following poses should be followed after the practice of Bound Lotus Pose.
  1. Pascimottanasana
  2. Cobra Pose
  3. Crocodile Pose
  4. Corpse Pose

Advanced Pose Considerations

After getting mastery over the Bound Lotus Posture, one may combine the two poses Yoga Symbol Pose (Psychic Union Pose) and Bound Lotus Pose together. Only those who have mastery over these two postures should go for it.

Baddha Padmasana Benefits

Alleviates Pain

Bound Lotus Posture stretches and tones the muscles of shoulders, arms, back, and thighs. Hence it alleviates the pain in those areas.

Increases the flexibility and mobility

This posture increases the flexibility of arms, lower back, shoulder joints, and leg joints.

Drives out Stress and Anxiety

The practice of Bound Lotus Pose drives out the stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety are the causes of many psychosomatic diseases and diseases like Hypertension, cardiac ailments. Continuous practice will help one to be free from many diseases. Besides it helps to improve the disease conditions. Hence it provides a good physical and mental equilibrium.

Aids in Meditation

Bound lotus Pose is one of the important postures for meditation. It helps the aspirant in getting progress in the yogic path. Meditation also gives many benefits.

Helps in activating Kundalini

Bound Lotus Pose helps in activating Kundalini and its movement upward. Hence it serves as a means to attain the spiritual goals.

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