Lotus Pose in Yoga
The Lotus Pose or Padmasana in Sanskrit requires crossing the legs while maintaining a straight back, making it ideal for Meditation and concentration. This Yoga Pose has a lot of benefits such as giving a relaxing effect, increasing awareness and attentiveness, stimulating body parts and processes, and keeping or developing a good posture.
STEP 1: With your palms down, sit on the floor with your legs fully stretched.
STEP 2: Hold your right foot with your hands and put it over your left thigh until it reaches the groin. Your foot’s outer edge should reach your hip’s crease.
STEP 3: Hold your right knee using your right hand while the other hand clasps your right foot.
STEP 4: While your right foot is firmly placed over your left thigh, hold your left foot with both hands. Place your left foot over your right thigh. Your foot’s outer edge should also reach your hip’s crease.
STEP 5: You have now achieved a full Lotus Asana. You can have your palms positioned upward, which is energizing or put them down which helps in grounding yourself.
Beginners are recommended to begin doing Half Lotus first before proceeding with the full Lotus Asana. Once you are already a regular practitioner of this Asana, you can try walking using the palms of your hand while both feet are perfectly crossed.
The Lotus Pose is one of the most popular Yoga Asanas around. Aside from the physiological benefits if offers, the Lotus Pose also helps in developing and maintaining a good posture.