Padmasana or Lotus pose
संस्कृत (name in sanskrit) – पद्मासन
Padma means – Lotus
Asana means – Pose
Style – Hatha Yoga
Pronounced as – pa-dah-maa-sun-aa
Chakra – Muladhara/Manipura /ajna/ vishuddhi
Repetition – once with each leg on top
Level – intermediate/ advanced
Padmasana refers to auspicious symbol in many yoga teachings. This is cross legged yoga posture which helps deepen meditation by calming the mind, a regular practice of this posture aids in overall blossoming of the practitioner, The lotus flower symbolizes enlightenment, rebirth, beauty, and renewal.
How to Do Padmasana
Sit on the ground with your spine erect and your legs stretched out, in front of you. Gently bend the right knee, and use your hands to place it on your left thigh. Your leg sole must point upward, and the heels must be close to your abdomen. Repeat this on the left side, Sit straight, pressing your groin to the floor. Now both your legs are crossed, and your feet are comfortably placed on the opposite thighs, Place the hands in Gyan Mudra and rest them on your thighs. Gaze toward the third eye.
Hold this posture as long as you can.
Health benefit of Padmasana
The spine is kept straight and this helps to channel the energy from the lower spiritual centers or chakras upwards toward sashastrashtra chakra. The erect spine aids the free flow of prana along the spinal cord.
Padmasana represents the opening of higher consciousness. Also associated with beauty, purity and creative energy, who attain the Lotus pose can feel incredibly stable and equilateral, almost pyramid-like in form, making it perfectly suited for meditation.
Avoid this asana if Ankle or knee injury.