Lotus Pose (Padmasana)
Sanskrit word “Padma” means ‘lotus’. While performing this asdana the feet and hands are akin to the petals of a blooming lotus, therefore this asana is also known as the lotus pose.
Benefits of the Lotus Pose (Padmasana)
The padmasana facilitates relaxation, concentration and ultimately, meditation. The posture creates a natural balance throughout the body/mind. It also soothes the nervous system, quiet the mind and bring about the condition of one-pointedness.
How to perform the Lotus Pose (Padmasana)
- Sit on the floor with the legs stretched out straight in front.
- Bend your right knee and grasp the right foot with both hands and place it on top of the left thigh bringing the heel as close to the navel as possible.
- Repeat the same for left leg.
- Both knees should be on the ground and soles of feet are pointed upward, spine should be held straight not rigid.
- The position of legs may be switched after a period of time if the posture becomes uncomfortable.
Durations/Repetitions of the Lotus Pose (Padmasana)
In the course of a typical asana routine you might hold it for several minutes or until you experience discomfort in the legs. Whereas used as a meditation posture you hold it for the duration of the meditation.
Difficulty Level and Advancement of the Lotus Pose (Padmasana)
Padmasana is a difficulty level 6 asana recommended for intermediate yoga practitioner.