Ardha Baddha Padmottānāsana is a difficult balancing pose that requires flexibility in the hips legs, and back. Take your time when carefully placing the bent leg in half lotus and bending forward to avoid putting undue pressure on the knee. In this video, yoga master Sharath Jois demonstrates modifications for this advanced forward fold. In the full expression of the pose, the heel of the folded leg will press strongly into your lower abdomen when bending forward. This pose is good for the liver, esophagus, and the rectum, and is known to improve digestion. Women beyond three months pregnant are advised not to practice this posture.