Frog Pose (Mandukasana) Steps, Health Benefits and Precautions

Mandukasana meaning

The word Mandukasana has been derived from the Sanskrit word मंडूकासन. It consists of two words: manduk and asana. The meaning of ‘manduk’ is Frog, and ‘asana’ shows a yoga posture. In the final stage, the asana seems like a frog, hence the name. It is an essential sitting yoga pose to massage the abdominal organs properly. It is helpful to make your stomach flat by burning the extra fats from the belly.Frog pose yoga for flat stomach and belly fat

How to do frog pose

The simple steps to do Mandukasna are given below. By following this technique, one can perform Mandukasna, even oneself.

  • Sit in Vajrasana.
  • Make fists wherein the thumbs should be inside.
  • Place your fists at the naval region.
  • Inhale slowly and deeply.
  • Exhale, bend forward and put maximum pressure on the naval area through your fists.
  • While bending forward, chest should touch your thighs and look ahead with open eyes like a frog.
  • Maintain the pose as long as you can.
  • Inhale slowly while maintaining the pose.
  • Come to Vajrasana with a deep inhale.
  • Perform it 3 to 5 times.

Baba Ramdev frog pose yoga(Mandukasana)

There are two practices to perform Mandukasana by Baba Ramdev. The first practice is just like the one mentioned above. The second technique he used to perform Mandukasna is as follows:

  • Sit in Vajrasana
  • Put your left palm on your navel area and the right palm over the left one.
  • Inhale deeply.
  • Exhale and bend forward, and take a suitable stretch on your naval region through your palms.
  • Hold the pose as long as possible with slow inhaling and exhaling.
  • Come to Vajrasana with a deep inhale.

12 health benefits of frog pose

  1. It massages the entire abdominal organs. Thus, it is good for the smooth functioning of these organs.
  2. It controls weight. Thus, it is effective for those who are longing for weight loss and making their stomach flat.
  3. It is beneficial in the case of constipation and indigestion.
  4. It is helpful to release unwanted gases from the stomach, thus making you feel relaxed and calm.
  5. It helps to control diabetes by stimulating the pancreas.
  6. Dislocated naval can be corrected by performing this asana.
  7. It should be practised by those who have asthmatic conditions.
  8. It strengthens the back if the practice is technically correct.
  9.  It is suitable for the chest and shoulders.
  10. Regular practising the asana is helpful to minimise the impact of menstrual cramps.
  11. It can be practised to relieve stress, anxiety, and depression.
  12. In traditional texts, it has also been said that the asana helps to awaken Kundalini.

Precautions of frog pose

Some of the contraindications, cautions, and side effects of frog pose are given below:

  • It shouldn’t be performed by those who have backache
  • It shouldn’t be practised who has ulcers.
  • Knee pain patients should avoid it.
  • Don’t put a maximum stretch on your stomach; try to maintain the pose for longer.
  • Avoid having ankle injuries.
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Migraine

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