Pose of the Month: The Lotus

Pronounced : Pa-dah-maa-sun-aa

Padma = Lotus, asana = posture or pose

This month’s pose is the Lotus or Padmasana. It is a cross-legged yoga posture which helps deepen meditation by calming the mind and alleviating various physical ailments. Regularly practicing this posture helps in the overall blossoming of your mind, body and spirit, hence the name Lotus.

How to do Lotus pose:

  1. Sit on the floor or on a mat with legs stretched out in front of you while keeping your spine upright.
  2. Bend your right knee and place it on your left thigh. Make sure that the sole of your foot points upward and the heel is as close to the tummy as possible.
  3. Now, repeat the same step with the other leg.
  4. With both legs crossed and feet placed on opposite thighs.
  5. Place your hands on the knees in Mudra position – this is where you place together the tips of the index finger and thumb. The index finger represents the planet Jupiter and Jupiter represents knowledge and expansion. This pose is one of the most commonly used Mudras.
  6. Keep the head straight and spine erect.
  7. Hold and continue with gentle long breaths in and out.

Benefits of the Lotus pose:

  • Calms the brain
  • Stimulates the pelvis, spine, abdomen, and bladder
  • Stretches the ankles and knees
  • Eases menstrual discomfort and sciatica
  • Consistent practice of this pose until late into pregnancy is said to help ease childbirth