bhadrāsana

(‘the auspicious posture,’ ‘the auspicious seat’)

Āsanas or yogāsanas are various postures of the body aimed at freeing it from diseases and improving its health, energy and stamina. Out of the 32 āsanas most commonly practised, bhadrāsana is one. In this posture, one has to sit on one’s knees, allowing the calf-muscles touch the thighs. Hands should be taken to the back and catch hold of the toes with the fingers. This should be followed by Jālandhara-bandha, wherein the gaze is fixed on the tip on the nose.

In another variety, the hands have to cross each other. The right hand should hold the left toe and the left, the right toe.

This āsana is said to cure the stiffness of bones and rigidity of ligaments.

In iconographical works, it represents a golden throne with cushions.

See also JĀLANDHARA-BANDHA and YOGĀSANAS.