How to do Padmasana (Lotus Pose)
In Sanskrit, Padma means Lotus, it is also called as kamalasana as sitting posture gives you the appearance of lotus. It is a cross legged sitting yoga pose for deep meditation practices. It is very established asana for dhyan (meditation) and one can see Lord Shiva meditating this pose. Regular practice is said to give you lotus like effects, making you blossom. Practice of lotus pose helps you to allow the body completely steady for long periods of time.This asana also works as a basic sitting posture for a few yoga exercises such as kapalbhati.
Steps to do Padmasana
Sit on the floor, keep the spine erect. Bend the right knee and place the foot on the left thigh, keep the heel close to the abdomen. Repeat the same step for the left knee. In the final pose, feet should be placed on opposite thighs, and knees should be in contact with the ground.
Relax your arms and keep it in your lap.Keep the head straight and spine erect.Close your eyes and continue with gentle long breaths in and out. Observe the flow of energy in your breathing. You can align your body to get the desired comfort. Comfort is very important as this is long sitting pose, and any discomfort will work as deviation.
However, placing the feet on the thighs might not be comfortable for those who are not regular practitioner, and they can feel pain in your leg area. In this case, just place one of your feet on the thigh and let other foot be on the floor with folded knee.
Padmasana can be followed up by adho-mukhosvanasana.
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Padmasana Yoga Benefits
- Improve concentration, digestion, and prevents abdominal diseases.
- Relax the mind, reduces tension in the body, and brings blood pressure under control
- Helps pregnant ladies during childbirth
- Helps in menstrual pain.
Padmasana Yoga Precautions
Anybody with knee problem should not attempt it.
[highlight]It is advisable to perform any asana in the supervision of a qualified yoga instructor.[/highlight]
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