The purity of Padmasana

padmasana-yoga.jpgThe lotus posture or ‘Padmasana’, as it is popularly known as, is one of the postures suggested for meditation.

This wonderful yogic posture emphasizes or carries messages such as devotion to goodness, trying to achieve enlightenment, and drawing others towards a more evolved state of being.

The lotus, being a wonderful symbol of beauty, rises above its circumstances (growing in muddy water) towards the light, unperturbed by its surroundings. Although the pearls of water can be found on the lotus leaf, they do not penetrate the leaf, which symbolizes detachment.

This principle, is well-explained in the Bhagavad Gita, wherein man offers what best he can to the Supreme, without being attached to the results. Even Godess Lakshmi is symbolized as being seated on a pink lotus. She is symbolized as ‘abundance’, of not just material wealth but also spiritual wealth and love.

Our system is governed by pranic flows that converge together at certain points. These are called as the nadis or pranic flows, and are represented by petals of lotus. The sahasraara (energy center above the head) is symbolized by 1000-petalled lotus.
The opening of sahasraara represents complete awareness and opening into the divine light. Hence lotus is associated with detachment, purity and light.

When in lotus posture, the feet remain tightly locked, so that one can sit still and permit the system to open into higher consciousness.

Technique: The first point to be noted is that this posture is not something that one forces the body into. The knees and calf muscles will have to be loosened with conscious rhythmic movements, before entering into the pose.

Sit cross legged on flat floor or a mat. Bring your left foot onto the right thigh and then cross over your right foot onto the left thigh.

Touch the thumb of each hand with the index figure at the tips, making it in the form of a circle, while also ensuring that the other three fingers remain straight. Rest left hand on left knee, and right hand on right keen with palms facing upwards and arms held straight.
Remain in this final posture with closed eyes for 1-2 minutes, and increase the time gradually to several minutes. Repeat the steps with left foot on right thing, and right foot on left thigh. This ensures that both legs are built in a uniform manner.

Benefits: The posture stimulates abdomen, spine, pelvis and the bladder. The posture is an excellent one for all meditative and pranayamic practices. It is helpful in relieving the nervous, physical and emotional problems. The practice enhances and strengthens joints while also loosening the joints in the lower parts of the body and removing rheumatism. It also tones up the three humours in the system by harmonizing their functions, and strengthening muscles and nerves in the thighs and legs.

The posture is excellent for bringing about natural balance in the mind and body. As the body becomes steady, the mind becomes calm.

Warning: People with leg and knee problems have been recommended to avoid this posture.