Half Frog Pose

Half frog pose Ardha Bhekasana

Half Frog Pose (Ardha Bhekasana) is a beginner level, hip and back stretch yoga pose to provide strength to hips, feet, knees, chest, neck, and the back. The name begins with half or ardha due to its asymmetric behavior which means only one leg is stretched. The practice of Half Frog Pose is highly effective on the lower back and forming part of the backbend yoga sequence, this pose also helps to open the chest acting as a heart opener too.

The pose can be included in daily yoga especially for corporate workers, runners, swimmers, or for complete body flexibility. Half Frog Pose prepares the hips, legs, and shoulders for other deep backbend poses like Frog Pose and Bow Pose. Half Frog Pose can be included in Vinyasa Yoga Sequences to strengthen the hips, knees, and ankles for further advanced poses or can be practiced as cooling or counterpose, post the practice of intense hip openers. The pose also has a great effect on the arms including biceps and triceps muscles.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1
Lie on your back with forearms on the floor and lifted head and chest.
Step 2
Flex the right knee to bring the heel towards the corresponding buttock.
Step 3
Pressing the left forearm to the floor reach back with your right hand to clasp the raised foot.
Step 4
Gently sliding the fingers towards the toes rotate the elbow up to the ceiling.
Step 5
Curling the fingers on top of the toes press the foot towards the hip.
Step 6
Inhale raising the chest and exhale pressing the foot towards the floor to deepen the pose.
Step 7
Inhale lift the left elbow pressing the left hand to the floor.
Step 8
Keep looking down and hold the pose with normal breathing.
Step 9
Maintain the pose for at least five breaths to 60 seconds.
Step 10
Exhale releasing the hand and feet and repeat it to the opposite side.

Pose Detail

Benefits and Contraindications

Benefits

Stretches the entire front of the body, ankles, thighs and groins, abdomen and chest, and throat, and deep hip flexors (psoas)

Strengthens the back muscles

Improves posture

Stimulates the organs of the abdomen

Contraindications

High or low blood pressure

Migraine

Insomnia

Low back, neck or shoulder injuries

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Tips

  • You can support your upper body, placing a bolster under your chest and armpits
  • You can use a strap looped around your foot if you can’t reach it with ease.
  • Reaching your foot, without turning your hand forward may be intense enough for your quadriceps.
Modifications & Variations
  • Striking Cobra Pose
  • Cobra Pose Variation Elbows Leg
  • Cobra Pose Chair
  • Crocodile Pose On Elbows
  • Cobra Pose Variation Elbows
  • Cobra Pose Variation Arms
  • Cobra Pose Variation Hips
  • Cobra Pose Variation Elbows One Knee
  • Cobra Pose Variation Elbows Back
Top Preparatory Poses
  • Sphinx Pose
  • Cobra Pose
  • Locust Pose
Top Follow-Up Poses
  • Frog Pose II
  • Bow Pose
  • Downward Facing Dog Pose

Iana Varshavska
Iana Varshavska
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In love with yoga and everything that goes along with it. Iana has been actively practicing yoga for 5 years. In addition to practice, she studies various aspects of yoga philosophy, yoga anatomy, biomechanics, and holodynamics.