Saturday, March 5, 2011

Padmasana (Lotus Pose) - Best Pose To Meditate (Part 1)

Benefits of Padmasana
*Back becomes more straight in this pose.
*The body is alert and not stressed.
*This will prevent one from dozing off during the meditation.
*More blood goes to the heart and in the long run this pose changes ones character for good.
*This asana is useful for Pranayama and it helps to move the flow of Prana from the lower spine to the head as it helps achieve proper spine position required for flow of Life force energy.

Padmasana (Lotus Pose) is the best pose meditation. It is the most recommended pose for sitting in meditative poses and Pranayama (breathing technique). At the same time this pose is difficult for most people to achieve as this requires leg flexibility. But with practice it is possible to remove the stiffness in the legs and sit in Padmasana. In future, I shall show some practice that will enable one to sit in this pose.

Technique to sit in Padmasana

In Padmasana the sole of each foot rests on the opposite thigh as close as possible to the pubic bone. The hands rest on the knees, with the index finger and thumb joining each other in a circle, the palm facing upwards.

If we sit in sukhasana, after some time, this puts stress on the back and it starts tiring very early. Where as if we practice sitting in Padmasana in correct manner, it becomes almost like a tripod which provide 3 points of contact on the floor for our body. Also the two knees and buttocks are at the ground level, and it provides a steady and stable base for the body to be straight.

Picture 1- Using Padmasana to stretch the lower and upper back.

Picture 2- Variation to headstand, using the lotus posture.