Importance of name.
Padmasana is one of the meditative postures, and it resembles a shape of a lotus. In Sanskrit padma means lotus. Sometimes it is also called Kamalasana.
Hatha Pradipika says:
Vamorupari daksinam ca caranam samsthapya vamam tatha
daksorupari,pascimena vidhina dhrtva karabhyam dradham/
angusthau,hradaye nidhaya cibukam nasagramalokayet
etadvyadhivinasakari yaminam padmasanam procyate//
Scriptures based methodology
Fixing the right foot on the left thigh and the left (foot) on the right thigh, the big toes are to be held by both hands –arms crossing behind the back, the chin to be fixed on the chest, and the tip of the nose to be gazed at. This is known as Padmasana which destroys (all ) diseases of Yogis .
Sitting with the legs extended together.
- Fold the right leg and place it over the left thigh.
- Fold the left leg and place it over the right thigh.
- Place both the hands on the respective knees and sit straight by gazing on the nose tip.
- Open the eyes and release the hands from the knees and place them on the ground.
- Stretch the left leg.
- Stretch the right leg
- Keep the heels in touch with the lower abdomen.
- Keep the knees in touch with the ground and if necessary press them down gently by hands.
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- Improves better circulation in the lower limbs.
- Helps to correct postural defects.
- Improves digestion and relieve constipation.
- Wards off mental and physical fatigue.
- It is useful in higher practices like Pranayama and Meditation.
- Improves memory, concentration.