Padmasana or the Lotus Pose is a widely practised yoga pose. It has been mentioned in ancient Indian scriptures as an important meditative pose that unifies the body and mind. It’s named after the lotus because the position itself looks like the lotus flower. Another reason is that the lotus has been a powerful symbol of spirituality since ancient times. Here’s everything you need to know about the powerful Padmasana – the benefits, how it’s done, as well as contraindications.
1. Reduces Stress
The Lotus position is an excellent stress reliever. That’s why this pose is widely taught to people who suffer from excess Vata or a generally overactive nervous system. Doing this pose involves controlling one’s breath in the way that is soothes the nervous system and balances the levels of stress hormones in the body. So, it’s also a great remedy for insomnia…it promotes peaceful sleep.
2. Improves The Joints
This asana strengthens the joints in the legs as well as the pelvis. This is important for overall health and to stay protected from degeneration in these joints during old age. This pose also strengthens the spine.
3. Boosts Digestion
Padmasana is great for improving digestion, since it increases blood circulation in the abdominal region, which can significantly boost digestive health. Not only that, it also massages the organs in this area, strengthens ‘agni’ or digestive fire, and promotes detoxification in the digestive system. If you frequently suffer from indigestion, have a sensitive stomach, or have a condition like IBS, consider learning this pose under a trained professional.
4. Balances The Muladhara (Root Chakra)
Those with an imbalanced Root Chakra are very often advised to practise Padmasana. That’s because this asana has powerful grounding effects, and those with a weak Root Chakra need stability, grounding, and balance. This asana brings steadiness, energy, calmness, strength, and earthiness.
5. Improves Posture
This pose is great for those with bad posture. With daily practice, it straightens the spine, opens the hips, improves flexibility, and also boosts confidence while reducing stress – all of which contribute to good posture.
6. Aids Meditation
Last on the list of Padmasana benefits is that is supports meditation and also can be performed with mudras. Simply sit in this pose for 5-10 minutes and you will automatically notice that your mind is drifting into a less chaotic and more meditative state.
Who Shouldn’t Do It…
Avoid this pose if:
- You have a lower back pain or injury
- You are pregnant
- Your knees or ankles are injured
- You have acute arthritis
This video is just to demonstrate the pose. to avoid injury and reap complete benefits of this pose, we highly recommend learning it from a yoga expert.
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