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Padmasana is derived from sanskrit word padma mean lotus and sana means seat or throne. The lotus position or Padmasana is a cross-legged sitting posture originating in meditative practices of ancient India, in which the feet are placed on the opposing thighs.Padmasana may be regarded as an essential exercise in postural training both for the purpose of Yoga meditation as also for preserving normal elasticity of the muscles that are connected with the pelvis and lower extremities.

How To Do

  • Sit down with both the legs spread straight in front of the body and keep them at a distance of 1 to 1.5 feet and keep the spine erect.
  • Then, slowly and carefully, bend the right leg and place the foot on top of the opposite thigh, the sole facing upwards and the heel close to the pubic bone.
  • When this posture feels comfortable, bend the other leg and place the foot on top of the opposite thigh. Ideally, both knees should touch the ground in the final position.
  • The head and the spine should be held straight and the shoulders and arms should be undisturbed.
  • In the final posture, the torso of the Yogi is perfectly balanced and aligned. Hold the pose for five to fifteen minutes.

Benefits Of Padmasana

  • Calms the brain
  • Stimulates the pelvis, spine, abdomen, and bladder
  • Stretches the ankles and knees
  • Eases menstrual discomfort and sciatica
  • Consistent practice of this pose until late into pregnancy is said to help ease childbirth.
  • Traditional texts say that Padmasana destroys all disease and awakens kundalini.

Body Focus

  • Spine

Type Of Yoga Poses