The Lotus pose – Padmasana derives its name from the Sanskrit word ‘Padma’ meaning Lotus. The lotus is one of the most important symbols which has managed to transcend both time and religion. It has become synonymous with rebirth, purity, detachment, spirituality, material wealth, cosmic renewal and enlightenment over a period of time. It has an important significance in many cultures around the world. According to Indian mythology, Goddess Lakshmi sits on an open lotus flower.
One has to sit like a lotus flower in this pose. The lotus symbolizes fearlessness and perseverance. The lotus flower grows and blossoms amidst muddy waters and gives us a message to reach our full potentials despite any hindrances on the way. This pose is generally used for meditation. Although it looks simple, it requires a lot of dedication to sit in this pose for long.
Directions To Perform Lotus Pose
Step by step guide:
- Start by sitting on the ground with your back straight and stretched upright. Also, keep your legs stretched outwards.
- Next, bend your right knee and using your hands, lift it and place it over your left thigh. This position should make your soles remain upwards and your heels facing down.
- Similarly, do the same with your left knee.
- Sit cross-legged in this position and place your hands on your knees.
- Your head should be erect and spine straight. You are not supposed to slump in this pose.
- Breathe deeply and focus on your inhalation and exhalation.
- After some time, repeat the same with the other leg on top and the previous one below.
Benefits Of Lotus Pose/Padmasana
The following are some of the amazing benefits of Padmasana:
- Padmasana relaxed the mind and also calms the brain
- This asana activates the pelvis, abdomen, bladder, and spine
- It stretches the ankles and the knees
- When practiced regularly, this asana has therapeutic benefits on sciatica and menstrual problems
- It opens up the hips and makes them more flexible
- It awakens the chakras and makes one more aware of the surroundings
- Padmasana improves the posture and restores energy levels in the body when practiced regularly
The Science Behind This Pose
Padmasana should be performed whenever you feel anxious or unsure. It will keep you grounded and calm your mind. It instantly gives the feeling of rooting of your femurs and settling in the groin. The performer feels an escalation at the energy level. It is also a power-packed hip and heart opener asana with plenty of spiritual and physical benefits. It is also considered as one of the best poses for meditation.
This asana metaphorically describes human life. The feet in this pose resemble the pretty arrangement of petals of a lotus flower. Just as the lotus blossoms amidst the mud, the mundane life represents mud and dirt. As a person practices yoga daily, it has the potential to bloom and blossom just like a lotus flower. This asana also works on several Chakras and helps to balance them out.