How To Do Padmasana, The Lotus Pose of Yoga Postures

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Asana is a Sanskrit word meaning to keep our body in a particular posture. The great Yogi Patanjali had devised many asanas, the postures, which were steady and comfortable. His teaching is known as Astang Yoga, too. Most of the postures are practiced to achieve better physical and mental health, as these yoga postures have deep impact on our whole body, and mind and soul.

Padmasana keeps our body in a particular position for a time. There are some of the Yoga Asanas, the postures, which can be termed as Yoga Postures in Sitting Positions. This is one of them. These postures would affect different systems in human body like muscular, respiratory, circulation, digestive, excretory, reproductive, endocrine, nervous system. These asanas are to be performed after keeping our body in sitting position: both legs together and stretched, toes erect, spine erect and both hands straight and palms resting on floor.

The meaning of ‘Padma’, a Sanskrit word, is lotus. While sitting in this posture, the human body looks like a lotus. Thus it is named ‘Padma Asana’, the ‘Lotus Pose’. We can see from all the paintings and idols of Buddha that this posture was his favourite. He is always depicted as sitting in Padmasana. Moreover it is most favourite posture among all of those practice yoga postures.


Padmasana is basic posture for many yogic acts. If you want to do chanting for longer hours it is convenient to sit in this pose. As narrated by Patanjali, sitting in this posture makes the energy of human body taking its natural shape. It helps in healing several disorders in our body. It is believed that those who practice Padmasana would get help in awaking Kundalini.

All the yogis and their pupils prefer to be in this posture while doing the various breathing exercises.


* You just sit on the floor or on yoga net, spreading your legs in forward position.
* Arrange your left foot on the right thigh and the right on your left thigh.
* Keep the upper half of body straight and put left hand on left knee and right on the right knee. The palms should be facing upward.
* Then keep the tips of both the thumbs just touching your index fingers.
* Sit in this posture as long as you can. There is no harm in sitting until you feel it uncomfortable.

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