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Padmasana, Lotus Posture

By Yoga Lily 4 years ago
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How to do Padmasana, Lotus Posture

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Padmasana – Lotus Posture is the most classic of yoga postures and by reducing circulation (and therefore distracting sensations) to the legs, one of the best for meditation and pranayama. The Buddha is often pictured sitting in Lotus Posture.

1. Practice Lotus Posture after working with the preparatory positions detailed with Cow Face Posture and Half Bound Lotus Forward Bend.

Half Lotus Pose

2. Half Lotus Pose

2. Sit in Seated Staff Posture. Bend the left knee and hold the left foot with both hands. From this raised foot position, rather than just lowering the left heel to the right thigh, get a sense of rolling the ball of the thighbone in the hip joint so the left knee comes to point forward rather than out to the left, and the fronts of the hipbones move closer together. Bring the left foot as far as possible up the right thigh, he’ll close to the navel. This is sometimes called Half Lotus Pose. Place your hands on your shin and front thigh just near the knee and squeeze them together, putting a beneficial force through your knee.

Padmasana, Lotus Posture step 3a

3A. Exhale the left knee closer to the floor so that the right ankle can slip up over it and slide along the thigh.

3. Now bend the right knee out. While you want to bring the right foot over the left knee and as far as possible up the left thigh, instead exhale the left knee closer to the floor so that the right ankle can slip up over it and slide along the thigh (A). The soles of both feet should be facing upward (B). If you experience pain in the knees, work with the build up poses instead. As Lotus Posture creates a small curve in the lower back, change whichever leg bends first each time you practice it.

Padmasana, Lotus Posture

3B. Padmasana, Lotus Posture

 

Caution

According to their Hatha Yoga Pradipika, “Lotus Posture cures all diseases.” However, it requires supple knees and hips, and many people in the West find it a very advanced posture, rather than a beginners pose. Many yoga practitioners have found it requires a decade or more of dedicated yoga practice to be able to assume Lotus Posture safely. Never force the legs into this posture, since this may seriously damage the knees. With consistent practice — a key to success in yoga — The hips and knees will gradually become flexible enough to sit comfortably.

 

Tips

Gaze: Straight ahead with a level gaze, or eyes closed.

Build-up Poses:

Counter Poses:

  • Hero Pose
  • Seated Staff Posture

Lighten:

  • Bring on the right foot under the left leg
  • A simple cross-legged position is good for practising

Effect:

Calming, meditative

Padmasana, Lotus Posture Counter Poses

In yoga we use a counter pose in a sequence; For example, a twist follows a backbend to “neutralise” the spine, or a forward bend follows a backbend to help lengthen the spine and calm the nervous system.

Dandasana - Seated Staff Posture

Seated Staff Posture, Dandasana

 

hero-pose

Hero Pose, Virasana

 

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Lili has been studying and practising yoga in China & UK for 20 years, and teaching since 2007 (7 years in the UK). She draws inspiration from her training within established, classical yoga systems that focus on alignment, hatha vinyasa in its gentler form, yin, yin/yang, and restorative yoga styles, pranayama and meditation; blending the roots of Chinese healing traditions into a more holistic practice. For her, practice covers not just the physical aspects of yoga but also aligning and unblocking the bodies meridian energy pathways to release Qi energy (prana) which flows through the bodies energy highway, bringing the mind, body and spirit back into balance. “I am continually humbled by my students and teachers, my aim is always to teach from the heart and from the idea that yoga is the art of living, listening and learning, to embody this deeply spiritual tradition” – Lili Chen.