Ardha Padmasana- Half Lotus Pose
Ardha = half. Padma = lotus.
Ardha Padmasana or Lotus Position is a cross legged sitting posture. The each foot is placed on the opposite thighs. The posture gets its name because the person performing it resembles a Lotus. So, It is called as Half lotus pose. The Padma means Lotus. It is a common Yoga pose used in Meditation, Prayers to maintain a proper breathing.
People who cannot do Padmasana can do this half lotus pose. Normally everyone can do this pose easily. It stretches and opens hips. It is highly recommended for breathing exercises.
A step by step guide-
- Sit straight.
- Sit with legs crossed.
- Use both hands, carefully life one foot up and place in one your opposite thigh.
- Lift other foot carefully and place it on opposite thigh, close to your hip.
- In order to lengthen your spine, reach the crown of the head up.
- Relax the face body.
- Breathe deeply through the nose down into the belly.
- Maintain this pose until you feel comfort enough.
- Concentrate on your Breathing.
- Exhale and release the legs.
- Do the same with other side
Benefits of doing this asana:
- It is a Common Intermediate posture used for meditation.
- Opens and stretches the hip side, knees and ankles.
- Calms the brain.
- Keeps the spine straight.
- Improves the Posture.
- Eases the menstruation discomfort.
- Mental relief
- Helps to do mediation and breathing exercise.
Precaution and advice:
- Avoid this Pose if your hip or Knee is Injured.
- Otherwise It is so suitable for everyone to perform this posture at any time.
- Please consider about the deep breathing style. Concentrate.
- Beginners should learn this half lotus pose first, and then switch to the Lotus pose later.