What is Padmasana? Know its Procedure and Benefits
Padmasana is a sitting yoga practice which is derived from the Sanskrit words “Padma”, i.e., lotus flower, and “Asana”, meaning posture. During this asana, the person's body comes in the shape of a lotus. The lotus has a lot of religious importance in Indian culture. It is believed that sitting in Padmasana posture removes many physical and mental problems.
How to practice Padmasana
- Sit on a mat or rug and spread your legs.
- While breathing in, keep your waist and neck straight.
- Breathe in and bend your right leg, placing the heel on the left thigh in such a way that the heel comes near the navel.
- Similarly, lift the other leg and place it on the right thigh in such a way that both the heels meet near the navel.
- Note that the knees of both feet should be V from the ground.
- During this, keep your elbows straight.
- Now sit in this posture for some time or as per your capacity.
- Continue the process of inhaling and exhaling normally in this posture.
Benefits of doing Padmasana
- By doing this asana, the flexibility of the knees and hips increases.
- This asana provides strength by stretching the knees and ankles.
- This asana provides peace to the mind.
- It heals the digestive system.
- With its continuous practice, memory power and the sense of thought increase.
- This asana stimulates the stomach and bladder.
- It helps remove physical fatigue and gets you better sleep.
- This asana helps in relieving the discomfort during menstruation and sciatica.
- Regularly sitting in this posture during pregnancy makes childbirth easier and reduces labor pain.
- According to mythology, all kinds of diseases are cured by regularly practicing Padmasana. At the same time, it also awakens the Kundalini.
Take these precautions while doing Padmasana
- Do Padmasana for the first time only under the supervision of a yoga expert.
- People suffering from knee or ankle pain should not do it.
- Pregnant women should practice Padmasana only under the supervision of a yoga expert.