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Padmasana – Lotus Pose

Padmasana, or lotus pose, is a beginner level position that aims to stretch your knees, ankles and thighs.

 

The health benefits associated with the padmasana pose primarily focuses calming the mind through mental focusing, hip relaxation, a straightened posture and additional focused breathing techniques. It has also been shown to help with increasing your digestive function – leading to decreased bloating and lethargy after eating meals.

 

However, if you have chronic knee, back or hip injury, inflammation or pain then you should consult a doctor before attempting the position. If possible, always arrange to learn this position under the supervision of an experienced teacher.

 

Instructions for Padmasana
  • Sit on a yoga mat with your legs stretched out in front of you
  • Bend the left knee and place the left foot on the right knee
  • Bend the right knee and place the right foot on the left thigh
  • Slide the left foot inwards until it is resting on the right thigh
  • Place the hands flat on the knees
  • Hold position for as long as feels comfortable

 

Required Preparatory Poses 

 

Follow-Up Poses Include:

 

Synonyms of Padmasana: Yoga Mudra I, Yoga Mudra II
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