Padmasana is a pose of yoga which has immense benefits. It is an extremely powerful pose. Padmasana comes from Sanskrit word which means the Lotus flower. It is a simple posture. Padmasana ensure that you have done sufficient warm up and are comfortable in few of elementary postures. It was originated in ancient time to do meditation practice. By doing this asana it helps in improving the breathing in body. This pose is also good for women’s as by doing this yoga it helps in connecting your mind, body and soul.
Lotus pose or Padmasana is good for meditation. Its main purpose is to sit for long period without moving your any part of body as you sit still. Meditation also requires keeping our body still. It is also used to prayer, worship and doing pranayam practice. As when you practice this pose this will blossom the person who practice just like lotus.
Padmasana (Lotus Pose) steps
1) Sit on the floor with leg straight in front of you
2)Hold the right leg in your hands and fold it slowly and place it your left leg.
3) Do the same with your left leg. If you feel any pain or if there is some difficulty then you can change your legs position or open up your legs for brief period of time and then do it again.
4)While doing this your spinal cord should be straight and your palms facing upwards on your knee joints. Your thumb should touch your ndex finger and other fingers should face upwards.
5)Breathing (inhale and exhale)should be slow and steady. See to it that you focus on your breathing. For beginners do this for 3-5 minutes. Once you gain confidence level then you can do this pose for 30 minutes.
For beginners who can’t keep their legs crossed you can do this by practising with one leg which is called ardha padmasana. Practice this till you are confident and till you achieve flexibility.
Benefits of Padmasana
Padmasana offer many health benefits when they are done regularly and under guidance of experienced yoga teacher. They offer tremendous benefits some of which are mentioned below:-
-Increases awareness & attentiveness
-Calms the brain and be in peaceful state of mind
-Opens up the hips and stretches the ankles & knees
-Helps keeps joints & ligaments flexible
-Keeps the spine straight
-Helps in developing good posture
-It restores energy levels
-It increases blood circulation
-It eases menstrual discomfort
-It prevents abdominal diseases and reproductive disorders in women
-It fuel’s the spine, bladder, pelvis & abdomen
-It decrease fats stored in thighs and hips
Few things to remember before doing Padmasana
This asana should be done early in morning though there is no hard and fast rule for it. While doing early see to it your bowels are clean. People who have weaker knees should avoid doing the same. Pregnant women should avoid doing this yoga. Persons suffering from sciatica should avoid doing this yoga. And don’t put force/pressure while doing this yoga, try to do it naturally.
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