Padmasana (The Lotus pose)
Most beginners learn yoga by learning this asana. In fact, many people begin their daily yoga adhyaya in this asana or Vajrasana. Padma means Lotus. It is named so because, when the asana is performed, the yogi resembles a lotus. Padmasana is very convenient for meditation and for chanting ‘mantras’. If you experience loss of appetite for, this is the asana for you. This is one of the most preferred asanas for meditation.
- Sit on a flat surface and spread the legs forward.
- Place the right foot on the left thigh and the left foot on the right thigh.
- Rest the left hand on the left knee and the right hand on the right knee.
- Let the tips of the thumbs of both the hands touch the tips of the index finger. Keep the head and spinal column erect. You can keep your eyes open or close them and concentrate on the area between your eye brows, if you are in meditation.
- While holding the asana, remember to keep your breathing deep and smooth. This is one of the most preferred asanas for pranayama practice.
Those of you who can place only one leg on the thigh should practice this asana daily. If you are patient with it, you will be able to perform this asana easily after some practice. Stay in the initial position for one or two minutes in the initial stage. Increase the time gradually, with practice.
Benefits of Padmasana:
- This asana is useful for Japa, Pranayama, Concentration, meditation and self realization.
- The asana stimulates all the endocrine glands.
- It helps in curing ailments like asthama, insomnia and hysteria.
- It increases metabolism and vitality.