Baddha padmasana is a challenging and advanced variation of padmasana (lotus pose) that opens the heart, increases vitality and energy, and offers a number of other benefits to the body and mind. The name is derived from the Sanskrit, bandha, meaning “binding” or “bound”; padma, meaning “lotus”; and asana, meaning “pose.”
To perform this asana, the practitioner begins in lotus pose. The hands are crossed behind the back to hold the big toes of the opposite feet. In more advanced variations, the body is folded forward.
The English name for baddha padmasana is bound lotus pose or closed lotus pose.