The lotus position (Devanāgarī: पद्मासन; IAST: padmāsana; Japanese: ) is a cross-legged sitting posture which originated in representations and meditative practices of ancient India. It is an established part of the Hindu Yoga tradition. The position is said to resemble a lotus, encourage proper breathing and foster physical stability.
Famous depictions of the lotus-posture include Shiva, the meditating ascetic god of Hinduism, and the Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Padmasana may be depicted on an ancient seal found in Harappa.
Benefits of lotus positon
According to the traditional texts Padmasana destroys all disease and awakens kundalini energy (one’s dormant spiritual energy). It calms the mind. It stimulates the pelvis, spine, abdomen, and bladder and stretches the ankles and knees. In women it alleviates menstrual discomfort and sciatica and helps ease childbirth.
- Becoming the Lotus: How to Achieve the Full Lotus Posture by Anton Temple (Author), Franca Gallo (Editor), Pip Faulks (Illustrator) Paperback: 64 pages, Publisher: Merkur Publishing, Inc (1 Dec 2006) Language: English, ISBN-10: 1885928181, Dimensions: 5.8 x 8.3 inches
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