Meditative Pose: Procedure and Benefits of Padmasana.

Padmasana – Lotus PosePadmasana

Nomenclature

Padmasana is one of the meditative postures and it resembles a shape of a lotus.  In Sanskrit Padma means lotus. Hence it is called as Lotus pose or Padmasana.

Importance:

The main objective of the meditative posture is to ensure a comfortable and stable condition of the spinal column for a length of time. This is an essential factor for the free flow of the energy in the entire spine without much struggle during the practice of the asana. Meditative postures are quite helpful in the removal of physical, mental and emotional blockages and the purification of energy channels. This process activates the energy centers across the spinal column inducing a deep sense of peace of mind and tranquility for the practitioner.

Procedure of the Practice:

 Sitting with the legs extended together.

  1. Bend the right leg and place it over the root of the left thigh.
  2. Bend the left leg and place it over the right thigh.
  3. Place both the hands on the respective knees and sit straight by closing the eyes.
  4. Open the eyes and release the hands from the knees and place them on the ground.
  5. Stretch the left leg.
  6. Stretch the right leg.

 Points to remember

  1. Keep the heels in touch with the lower abdomen.
  2. Maintain the Symmetrical arrangement in the position of the legs.
  3. Keep the knees in touch with the ground and if necessary press them down gently with hands.

Precautions:   People suffering from sciatica and stiff or injured knee joints should seek the guidance of a  Competent teacher.

Benefits of Lotus pose:

  1. Improves better circulation in the pelvic region and lower limbs.
  2. Relieves a backache and helps to correct postural defects.
  3. Improves digestion and relieve constipation.
  4. Wards off mental and physical fatigue.
  5. Improves memory, concentration.
  6. Improves the immunity and metabolism.
  7. Strengthens the abdominal organs and massages the intestines.
  8. Padmasana brings peace of mind and one-pointedness.
  9. It is useful in higher practices like Pranayama and Meditation.
  10. Bestows the good physical and mental health.