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What is Padmasana?

Padmasana or the Lotus Position has acquired its name from Sanskrit word Padma means lotus because in this asana position of the legs look like blooming lotus. This is a cross-legged sitting posture that originated in representations and meditative practices of Hinduism. This asana has been given a great importance in the Yogashastra as it is best suited for Pranayam, Meditation & concentration. This excellent posture encourages proper breathing and foster physical stability.


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How to do Padmasana?

For padmasana sit in the Dandasana (staff pose) with spine straight and legs extended in front of you. Then fold the right knee, put the right ankle on to the left thigh, and then pulls the left ankle over the folded right leg and places it on the right thigh. Take hold of both feet and ease them further in toward your groin, aiming for a balanced, symmetrical position. The head, neck and spine must be straight in Padmasana. Place the hands on the knees with the fingers depicting the holy sign, as in Chin or Jnana Mudra. Close the eyes and concentrate on your normal breathing. Sit in this posture as long as you can. Many other asanas and yogic procedures can be practiced while sitting in this asana as it is one of the basic sitting postures.



What are the benefits of practicing Padmasana?

According to the traditional texts Padmasana destroys all disease and awakens kundalini energy (one’s dormant spiritual energy).  It calms the mind. It stimulates the pelvis, spine, abdomen, and bladder and stretches the ankles and knees. In women it alleviates menstrual discomfort and sciatica and helps ease childbirth.


Do not practice this pose in case you have ankle or knee injury. There are intermediate to advanced poses of Padmasana and one should practice these poses with sufficient experience and guidance of learned teacher


Yoga Exercises

Adho Mukha Svanasana II Anulom Viloma II Apanasana II Ardha Matsyendhrasana II Balasana II Bhunjangasana II Bidalasana II Chandrasana II Chaturangasana II Gomukhasana II Halasana II Janu Sirsasana II Jathra Parivartanasan II Konasana II Mandukasana II Matsyasana II Natarajasana II Padmasan II Paripurna Navasana II Parsva Uttanasana II Pascimottanasana II Pranayama II Purvottanasana II Salamba Sirsasana II Sarvangasana II Setu Bandha Sarvangasana II Siddhasana II Simhasana II Sukhasana II Utkatasana II Uttanasana II Utthita II Vajrasana II Virbhadrasana II Vriksasana





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