Padmasana is an asana included in Hatha Yoga literature that has tremendous spiritual importance for the practitioner. The name of the asana comes from Padma, or the lotus flower which is an eternally important spiritual symbol that has importance across cultural and religious barriers as well as time. The lotus flower has been associated with rebirth, detachment, purity, beauty, enlightenment, spirituality, cosmic renewal and material wealth over the centuries. From India to Egypt, the lotus flower has been closely linked with numerous mythologies and spiritual icons. Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Vishnu and Lord Ganesha have been observed to be seated on the lotus flower. In Buddhism, legends say that a lotus bloomed everywhere Buddha set his foot. So let’s have a closer look at the spiritual and cosmic importance of Padmasana and how it can be beneficial to a practitioner.
Here are the main steps associated with Padmasana.
One of the most important things that you need to master while practicing Padmasana is the Mudras. Mudras help to activate your body’s energy flow. Their overall effects get multiplied if you practice them with Padmasana. Some of the mudras that you can practice with Padmasana include Adi Mudra, Chinmaya Mudra, Brahma Mudra and Chin Mudra. Each of these Mudras is different and offer distinct benefits of their own. While you practice a particular mudra, make sure that you feel the flow of energy that goes with it.
These are the main preparatory poses that should be practiced before Padmasana.
Once you perform Padmasana, you should practice these follow up poses.
Padmasana is one of the easiest and simplest asanas that can be practiced by men and women of all age groups. However, it is important that you do not underestimate this asana at all and practice it under the direct guidance and supervision of an experienced yoga master. Even though it might look very simple, the truth is that it is not.
As someone who is new to Padmasana, you could accidentally overstretch your ankle while trying to as get into this pose. In order to avoid this, it is important that you push your foot’s inner side against your arm’s upper part so that the stretch of your ankle is perfectly balanced. Additionally, as you bring the foot close to the opposite groin, it is important to ensure that the outer and inner ankle stretches to the same extent.
It is important to note that this asana works as a meditative pose. Hence it is best to practice it in the morning. However, you can also perform this asana in the evening. While it is not necessary that Padmasana must be performed in an empty stomach, it is always better to maintain a gap of about 4 to 6 hours before actually performing this asana just like with most other asanas. The bowels should also be kept clean before performing this asana.
Padmasana is one of the best asanas to remove anxiousness and confusion from the body and mind. It can have a powerful grounding effect on the practitioner. It can have an instant rooting effect on the femurs and settle the groin area. You can feel that your energy levels go up and feel a hint of light pass via your midline. It can also open the heart and the hip area which can offer many spiritual and physical benefits. This makes it one of the finest meditative poses.
When you perform this asana, your feet’s position and arrangement resembles the beautiful petals of a lotus flower. Just like lotus flowers blossom from the mud, your day to day mundane life is also like mud and dirt. However, with the practice of Padmasana and yoga in general, you can transform yourself into a bright and beautiful flower that is alive and awakened to every moment. Padmasana can work effectively on multiple Chakras, thus helping them to attain balance and harmony.
These are the main health benefits of practicing Padmasana.
Follow these cautions while practicing Padmasana.
So now that you are aware of the benefits of Padmasana, go ahead and start practicing it in your day to day life.