Yoga Asana Padmasana (Lotus Pose)
Years of consistent effort may be needed to make this advanced yoga posture feasible.
In a Sanskrit language ‘Padma’ means ‘Lotus’ and in this yoga posture the position of the legs look like a blooming lotus, hence the name.
The position of the crossed legs and the straight back keeps the mind alert and attentive, which is why the Lotus posture has been given a great importance in yoga practice as it is best suited for concentration and meditation. (Please note: sitting in this position for longer duration for many could be painful i.e. could be avoided in that case)
The Lotus pose is a wonderful yoga posture but it is not practical for most people as a meditative posture. It places a lot of stress on the knee and hip joints, and should be approached with caution, mostly by the novices.
The Lotus stimulates the pelvis, spine, abdomen, and the bladder. The sacral nerves are tones as the flow of blood to the legs is redirected to the abdominal area, stimulating the digestive process. It applies pressure to the lower spine which has a relaxing effect on the nervous system.
The Lotus is a beautiful posture with lots of benefits. However, in some health conditions this yoga posture should not be practiced.
Three important reasons not to do Lotus posture:
1) If you have weak or injured knees avoid doing this posture as it places lots of stress on the knees.
2) If you suffer from sciatica do not attempt this yoga posture.
3) In case of ankle injury do not practice this posture.
Caution: Always check with your doctor if you have any doubts or concerns regarding the suitability of this posture for you. It is best to perform this yoga posture in presence of a qualified yoga teacher.