Literal meaning – Padmasana comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Padma’. The Padma means lotus. It is known as Lotus Pose in English.
Shape – Like Lotus flower.
Direction – North Or East (for spiritual reasons)
Some yoga teachers and yogi are also called this asana as Kamalaasan, Shree Aasan, Aadiaasan, Brahma Aasan and, Muktapadamasana It is said in the scriptures about Padmasana that this asana provides benefits in physical, mental, and spiritual form. Physical activity is very less in the steps of this posture. That is why this asana is considered as the best sitting posture for meditation and pranayama.
Padmasana (Lotus Position) Yoga Posture Steps
- First of all, sit in Dandasana or in Sukhasana.
- Now lift the left foot and place it on the right thigh then lift the right leg and place it on the left thigh.
- Keep the spinal straight and touch the knee ground. The knee should be touched on the ground.
- Keep the palms facing upwards on the knees.
- You can place your palms above the knees by holding any type of Hasta Mudra (Know Different Types Of Hasta Mudras In Yoga)
- Another type of hand position for Padmasana is, place the left hand above the soles of both feet and place the right-hand claw over the left-hand claw.
Steps of Padmasana By Different Yogi and Scriptures
In Gheranda Samhita
Baddha Padmasan has been specifically called Padmasana in Gheranda Samhita.
First, stretch both legs in front (Dandasana). Then place the right foot on the left thigh and the left foot on the right thigh. Turn the feet soles toward the sky. Touch both the heels with the abdominal and touch both the knees to the ground.
Now move your hands backward and with the opposite method, hold the thumb of the left toe with the left hand and the right thumb from the right hand. This process is known as Baddha Padmasana.
According to Matsyendranath
Place the left foot on the right thigh and place the right leg on the left thigh. Keep both hands straight between the thighs and stabilize the vision on the tip of the nostrils. Strike tongue at the root of the molar and place the chin on the throat then put Moolabandha.
Heath Benefits of Padmasana (Lotus Position)
- It cleanses all the nerves of the body.
- Prana starts flowing through Sushumna Nadi, which starts getting life-giving power.
- Consciousness starts rising in an upward direction.
- The face’s brilliance is illuminated.
- Making the seeker healthier by decreasing all the diseases of the body, respectively.
- Provides peace by removing the versatility of mind.
- Practice this asana reduces blood circulation in the legs. By which the amount of blood increases in the abdomen and belly region.
Spiritual Benefits of Padmasana (Lotus Position)
- All the accomplishment are received from this asana.
- By practicing this asana regularly, sin karmas are destroyed.
- This Asana alone offers the accomplishment of hundreds of Mantras.
- This posture is unique to awaken the Kundalini.
- With constant meditation in this posture, all sins are destroyed.
Precautions While Practicing Padmasana (Lotus Position)
- Do not sit for longer period forcefully.
- If there is a pain in the knees, then first do Pawanmukt and its related asanas.
- Whenever you sit in this Aasana, keep the waist, neck, and head straight.
- Keep switching the position of the legs in between so that all organs in the body develop equally.
Note: While doing this asana, focus on all the chakras and keep in mind that all your chakras are being awakened, the soul is becoming pure or Chant the mantra given by the guru.