Padmasana – Lotus Pose
Padmasana is very helpful to deepen the mediation and calm the mind and align the body. Padmasana plays a vital role in Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. It helps to awaken Kundalini. It is a cross-legged sitting asana. It helps in meditation practises to focus the mind. Padmasana also called as kamalasan.(Kamala means Lotus).
The practice with repetition of ‘Aum’ leads to reduction in stress while performing the meditation in the Padmasana pose.
Padmasana is derived from the combination of the Sanskrit words Padma (Lotus) and asana (posture or pose). The reason for the name Padmasana is, this pose helps to blossoming the body just like the lotus, and it is look alike the Lotus. It is called as Lotus Pose in English.
Incorporating any Mudra while sitting in Padmasana, will deepen the mind. The preferred Mudra for the Padmasana are Bhrama mudra, Chinmayi mudra, Chin mudra and Adi mudra
- Start with sitting on the yoga mat
- Legs stretched out in front of you
- Keep the spine erect.
- Bend the right knee and place it on the left thigh.
- Make sure that the heel is close to the abdomen and the sole of the feet point upward.
- Repeat the same step with your right leg.
- Make sure that both legs are crossed and foot placed on the opposite thighs.
- Place your hands on the knees in mudra position.
- Keep the head straight and spine erect.
- Hold this position while continuing with gentle long breaths in and out.
- Improves the digestion.
- Brings blood pressure under control.
- Helps to keep the joints and ligaments flexible.
- Reduces menstrual discomfort.
- Calms the brain.
- Prevents abdominal diseases.
- It increases the hungry.
- Strengthens the hip and knee joints of the female.
- Increases awareness and attentiveness
- Keeps the spine straight.
- Helps to reduce the unwanted fat by regular practise.
- Reduces the muscular tension.
- Helps pregnant ladies during childbirth.
- Increases the focus of mind and concentration.
- Opens the hips.
- Regulates the female reproductive organs.
- Stretches the ankles and knees.
- Eases sciatica.
- Restores energy levels.
- Stimulates the pelvis, bladder, abdomen and spine.
Dos, Don’ts and Tips:
People with the following problem please avoid practising this pose, or practise under the expert’s supervisions and doctor’s advice.
- Severe back pain
- Ankle Injury
- Sprain in the leg
- Knee injury
Practise this yoga daily, will yield the better results.
It’s good to do this pose in the morning with empty stomach.