Today's pose is Frog Pose, or Bhekasana. We don't see this one too often in class since it's a tad awkward, but it's a great one! In it's full expression, Frog Pose is an insane quad stretch and backbend (which should only be done after lots of prep). It also stretches the chest (pectoral muscles) and gently works your upper (thoracic) spine. Since there's so much going on here, I'm focusing on One-Legged Frog Pose first, with the option to work into the full expression as an advanced variation.
How does this help our legs? Frog Pose is great for boosting energy and reversing the effects from sitting (possibly all day at work). It's also one of the best ways to stretch and lengthen our quads and hip flexors. This is crucial for mobility and helps with running, jumping, or any other physical activity that you're into.
Word of caution, if you have any knee issues, take this very slowly! Start with Half Bow Pose and only as your knee allows, start to work into the deeper variations.
Enjoy the frogging!
I’m Anahita Reilly, a Type-A, native Northern Virginian, happiness lover. This blog evolved out of my longstanding desire to share this beautiful thing called yoga with others. Click here to read more...