Padamasana (the Lotus Pose) is, probably, one of the parameters to measure the extent of one’s flexibility, especially among the non-yoga practitioners. There are many other postures which are much more difficult to perform but Padamasana has always been the most coveted one.
Step 1: Assume Dandasana position
Step 2: Bend your right knee; with your left hand raise your right foot off the floor holding your right outer side of the ankle; bring your right heel close to your navel and at the same time, push your bent right knee down to the floor
Step 3: Now bend your left knee; bring the left heel close to your navel and push it down towards the floor
Step 4: In this final position, the legs are in a cross position and the left ankle is stacked stably on top of the right ankle; the knees are resting on the floor (in case it is not, place some blanket or pillow below your knees to get support)
Step 5: The lower part of your body is locked completely in a triangular shape; ensure that your spine is neutral in ‘S’ shape with your head held over your neck and chest wide open; shoulder blades in line with hip; sit bones firmly grounded to the floor; abdomen slightly tucked in; no strain at all on the neck and the back (especially lower back)
Step 6: You can place your palms on your knees in Jnana, Chin, Bhairavi or Yoni Mudra
Step 7: Be in the posture comfortably, release, relax and change your leg to allow an equal engagement of both the legs (if the right leg was folded first, you will fold your left leg first the second time round or the leg which comes out first will go in first in the next round)
Advancing into Padmasana Practice
As a regular practitioner of Padmasana, elevate your level by applying Jalandhar, Uddiyana & Moola bandha with Vajroli Mudra while gazing at the tip of the nose.
How to release Padmasana?
Very slowly straighten your legs; stretch it out in front; softly massage your knees with your palms; stretch your toes in and out a few times round; bend and straighten your knees few times to make it completely ache free by increasing the blood flow to that area.
Preparatory Postures – A Must
You must perform the preparatory postures before you venture into the final Padmasana, to avoid injury. You can check these links for the preparatory practices.
Absolutely No: Anyone with any kind of knee injury, knee stiffness, sciatica or sacral infection should not perform this posture until they have sorted out these problems
- Meditative Inducement: The posture, being meditative in nature, automatically induces calmness in mind and body and brings an established equilibrium. This is one of the most important requisites for treading down the path towards spirituality through meditation.
- Increased blood flow to Digestive & Reproductive Region: The binding position of the legs reduces blood flow in the legs, which is, then redirected to your abdominal and pelvic organs, thereby, helping deal with issues associated with these areas like indigestion, acidity, PCOS, diabetes etc. It also stimulates the acupuncture points in the areas of stomach, gallbladder, spleen, kidneys & liver, thereby, keeping these areas healthy.
- Role of Bandhas & Prana: Padmasana balances Prana Vayu in your body – the ‘life force’ responsible for performing all the bodily functions in a balanced way. Applying Jalandhar, Uddiyana & Moola Bandha along with Padmasana takes one onto a higher platform of spiritual journey. By doing so, the free flowing downward movement of Apana and the free flowing upward movement of Prana is reversed and brought to the area of Samana. The pranic reaction then induces the rising of Sushumna Nadi.
- Strong back & core: The beauty of Padmasana is that it keeps your spine in a neutral position. It means the core & the back is equally involved in maintaining the upright position of the spine. This automatically strengthens these two areas thereby protecting one from a perpetual back pain.
- Improves Breathing: The chest remains in an elevated and expanded position because of the neutral spine. This takes care of the upper part of the body in terms of strengthening it and also improves lung capacity.
- Padamasan is notoriously popular for knee injuries, which is bound to happen if you try to jump directly into the final posture without following the right route of preparing the surrounding muscles to perform it. Doing so will protect the knees from bearing the brunt. Make sure to follow the preparatory steps diligently before attempting the final position.