[Pose Of the Week] Sideways Yogic Seal Pose (Advanced)

Stretch the spine, hips, knees, pelvis, and more as you strengthen the core and lungs with Sideways Yogic Seal Pose…

Sideways Yogic Seal Pose (Parshva Yoga Mudrasana), also known as Psychic Union Pose or Sideways Bound Lotus Pose (Parshva Baddha Padmasana), is an advanced seated forward bend pose that requires extra flexibility in the legs and hips. This pose stretches the arms, shoulders, back chest, hips, knees, pelvis, and neck, and strengthens the core, spinal, and pelvic floor muscles. It also opens the chest and lungs and is thought to stimulate the internal organs, improve digestion, and calm the mind. It is a grounding pose that may help with anxiety and is also believed to stimulate the Third Eye and Crown chakras, helping to balance both body and mind.

This pose is often practiced in Ashtanga yoga sequences, and may be considered an extension of Bound Lotus Pose. It is an advanced pose, and you should only practice it if you can comfortably sit in Lotus Pose for at least 5 minutes. You should always practice this pose on an empty stomach, and be sure to warm up your spine and hips before performing this pose.

Those with back injuries or recent surgery or injuries to the internal organs, pelvis, spine, knees, hips, neck, shoulders, or ankles, those with high blood pressure, and those who are pregnant or have recently given birth should avoid this pose.

How to Do Sideways Yogic Seal Pose:

  1. Roll out your yoga mat and get into the base pose – Padmasana. Sitting in Lotus Pose, close your eyes, place both hands behind your back, and grab the right wrist with the left hand. (For a more advanced version of the pose, grasp the toes of the opposite foot with each hand in Bound Lotus Pose.)
  2. Take a deep breath and begin bending forward as you exhale. Lower your face till your forehead or nose-tip touches the floor/mat. Ensure the spine is neutral and not arched. Keep your nose to the floor, or turn your head slightly to bring it to one knee.

  3. Bring awareness to the eyebrow center or Solar Plexus and touch the tip of the tongue to the upper palate. Stay in this position for 1-2 minutes, gradually progressing to 5 minutes.

  4. To get out of Yoga Mudrasana, exhale and slowly return to Lotus Pose. Release the hands and transition to Staff Pose to rest for a minute while breathing normally.

  5. Get back into Padmasana and repeat the process with a slight modification. If your left leg was on top previously, keep the right one on top. If you held the right wrist with the left hand, grab the left wrist with the right hand (or bind the pose). Repeat steps 2, 3, and 4. This is one round of Yoga Mudrasana.

  6. Follow this pose with a spinal extension pose to counterbalance such as Camel or Cobra Pose.
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