Lotus Pose

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Padmasana

In Sanskrit, “padma” means lotus and “asana” means yoga pose.

 

How to: Lotus Pose

Begin with sitting on the ground with legs stretched out in the front. Bend the right knee and form a cradle with your lower leg. Increase the length of your spine by lifting your front torso towards the inner right leg. Explore the entire range of your hip joint’s movement by rocking the leg back and forth.

Now, by bending your left knee, move this leg outwards. Move the right leg outwards as far as you can and then press your thigh’s back to your calf to lock the knee tightly. Your right knee should be as close as possible to the left one when you push your right heel in your left lower belly. When done correctly, your foot’s sole will be perpendicular to the ground in this position.

Now bend yourself backwards a bit and raise the right leg while the left leg is lifted in front of the right. Now slide your left leg over the right one by inserting your left foot deeply in the right groin. Your both knees should be as close as possible.

Padmasana is an extreme form of sitting yoga poses. It may be a little difficult for beginners while experienced students may use it daily while meditating. Remain in the final position for the time you are comfortable with, even if that’s a few seconds. Gradually you can work your way to last for more than a minute. Do not forget to repeat the pose for alternative top leg.

 

Benefits of Lotus Pose

The Lotus Pose can offer the following large number of benefits after it’s added to your regular routine:

  • Soothes the brain by relieving from stress and anxiety.
  • Stimulates the functioning of the pelvis, abdomen, spine and bladder.
  • Stretches the ankles and knees.
  • Relieves from menstrual discomfort and sciatica.
  • Eases the process of childbirth if practiced during pregnancy.
  • Destroys various diseases and kindles the kundalini.

For beginners in yoga, Padmasana may be a difficult yet effective sitting yoga pose. It can effectively curb a large number of diseases including the sciatica. If during the pose, you found that your outer ankle has been overstretched, you can do the following step. Press your foot’s inner edge against the upper arm which will result in equalization of the two ankles.

For advanced students of yoga, the Lotus Pose is quite beneficial in providing adequate strength to their spine. When performing this pose on a daily basis, always remember to alternate your legs. Otherwise, one sided pose may result in distortions in your hip structure.

You should avoid this pose or take your yoga teacher’s advice in case you suffer from the following:

  • Injury of ankle or knee
  • Inadequate experience of yoga

Blossom and smile like a flower as you sit in the Lotus Pose.