Yogendraji in Bhadrasana

The Yoga Institute

The Yoga Institute
Mumbai, India

Yogendraji in Bhadrasana posture.
Bhadrasana is a final posture and is difficult for most people to achieve. Even though it is a meditative posture, dynamic movements are involved. The asana is known to boost confidence and creates a feeling of achievement. The asana is symbolic of auspiciousness and peace.
-Sit erect with your legs outstretched and hands at the sides.
-Bending both your knees bring the soles of both your feet together. Use your hands to bring the soles of the feet as close to your body as possible.
-Once your feet are closest to the body, keep holding it, trying to push the knees down to the floor. You can also use both your palms to gently push the knees downwards in case the previous step is difficult.
-Once your knees are as far down as possible hold the feet with your hands, close your eyes and breathing normally, watch your breath. Or, you can place your palms on your knees. 

-To relate the posture, Gently open your the eyes, release one leg at a time to return to starting position.

Though this is a meditative posture, to provide flexibility to the hip and thigh joint, you can make butterfly movements, that is, push the knees up and down several times before you practise watching your breath. The asana is known to improve Severe arthritis and in relieving pain in the hip and knee joints.


  • Title: Yogendraji in Bhadrasana
  • Subject Keywords: Founder, Yogendra ji, yoga, asana
  • Type: Photograph
  • Rights: The Yoga Institute
  • Lifetime: 1897/1989
  • Biography: Yogendraji was born as Mani Haribhai Desai in 1897 in Gujarat. He learnt all about Yoga from his guru, Paramhamsa Madhavadasji, and with his blessing he went on to teach the masses about yoga. He founded The Yoga Institute at ‘The Sands’, the residence of Dadabhai Naoroji in Versova in 1918. Following this, he travelled to the United States and founded The Yoga Institute in Harriman, New York, in 1920, where he undertook much research on the subtle physiological and psychological effects of yoga along with scientists and doctors. He has written many authoritative texts on yoga based on the ancient scriptures. Some of his books are even preserved in the Crypt of Civilization for posterity. Along with his wife, Sitadevi, Yogendra continued to teach and spread the awareness of classical yoga at the institute until his passing away in 1989.

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