Historical background

The Sanskrit expression PADMA signifies “lotus”, thus the interpretation of PADMASANA is “The Lotus Pose”. The asana was given this name because of the position of the body is in the way like a lotus plant. Just like the lotus blossom, our body is placed in that way.

Another name for it is KAMALASANA. Some Yogi’s use both the names alternatively.


This asana is the basic asana used by most of the yogis and it represents the whole of the yogic system, because of its various and significant impacts. Similarly, as the lotus is viewed as the holy flower of India, the yogis are seen to be sitting in this position.

The customary yogic writings notice that the person who can perform Shirshasana (the head-remain) for 30 minutes and Padmasana for a comparative time, effectively, may think about himself/herself an expert of the Hatha-Yogic system.

Also, it is significant that you remember that numerous yogic methods begin with Padmasana. This asana might be performed additionally for  breathing, and meditation.


This asana is considered as one of the most productive in Hatha-Yoga. In the customary writings, it is referenced with SIDDHASANA (the Perfect Pose).

In Hatha Yoga Pradipika, part 1, the incomparable Yogi Swatmaratma says:

“Keep the right foot on the left thigh and the left foot on the right thigh, and handle the toes with the hands traversed the back. Press the jawline against the chest and look at the tip of the nose. This is known as the Padmasana, the destroyer of the infections of the Yamis.

Place the feet on the thighs, with the bottoms upward, and place the hands on the thighs, with the palms upwards.

Look on the tip of the nose, keeping the tongue squeezed against the base of the teeth of the upper jaw, and the jaw against the chest, and raise the air gradually, i.e, pull the Apana-Vayu delicately upwards.

This is known as the Padmasana, the destroyer of every ailment. It is troublesome to accomplish by everyone, except can be learned by intelligent individuals in this world.

Having kept two hands together in the lap, performing out the Padmasana immovably, keeping the jawline fixed to the chest and pondering on Him in the brain, by drawing the Apana-Vayu up (performing MulaBandha) and exhaling out the air after inhaling it, joining in this manner the prana and Apana in the navel, one gets the most astounding insight by arousing the Sakti (kundalini) in this way.

(N.B-When ApanaVayu is drawn delicately up and once  the lungs are filled with the air from the outside, the prana is forced down, around and by to join the two in the navel, the two of them enter then the Kundalini and, arriving at the Brahma randra (the great hole), they make the mind quiet.

At that point the psyche can consider the idea of the atman and can appreciate the most noteworthy euphoria.)

The Yogi who, sitting with Padmasana, can control breathing, there is no uncertainty, is free from any kind of materialistic things.”

This asana is demonstrated for the enlivening and improvement of inactive physic, mystic, mental and profound powers.

While doing this asana, the user gets  into a state of profound meditation, bliss and quietness.

Its enduring practice guides you to  the Supreme Self, Atman, and it makes conceivable a blissful connection  with the Divine (SAMADHI).

While performing Padmasana, the trunk, head, hands, and feet look like a pyramid, and this is one of the reasons for this current asana’s stunning impacts.

A few yogis think about that when an individual is fit for practicing it for 15 minutes, immediately, he/she may approach the Pranayama procedures.

Padmasana cures many stomach related problems like constipation, indigestion, and flatulence.

It fixes the pain in the joints, particularly the lower legs and knees, and it conditions the thighs.

The situation of the feet decides the music rhythm of the bloodstream, which will be, subsequently diminished in the feet and progressively extraordinary in the pelvic zone and midriff. The heart will push the blood vessel blood implied for the feet through the stomach aorta, and the organs arranged in the lower side of the belly (the genitalia, kidneys, colon, and so on.) will profit due to this valuable progression of blood vessel. These organs are consequently tones and recovered.

This asana is exceptionally valuable for the ladies, as it conditions the uterus.

It helps in keeping the stomach strong if practiced daily.

It additionally encourages an awesome power over the sexual potential vitality.

The individuals who wish to be fruitful in the act of Padmasana must be tolerant and persevering. One should never compel when practicing Padmasana. On the off chance that you compel, you may break the tendons from the knees, lower legs, or you may even have a meniscus crack.

Significant NOTE:

Before practicing this asana, ALWAYS start with these preparatory exercises!

Preliminary EXERCISES

The best preliminary exercise is:

Sit on the floor, feet extended in front.

Twist your left foot.

Place the external side of the left lower leg on the palm of the right hand. The wrist supports firmly  the heel. Place the left hand on the internal side of the left knee.

Press the left knee,slightly, in a balancing movement, while the right-hand lifts the left lower leg to put it on the right thigh. This adjusting movement will continue for 2-3 minutes and it will consistently stop at the smallest indication of pain.

The activity will be then repeated with the other foot.

If one joint is more unbending than the other, demand it.

This exercise demonstrates at the same time on the cox-femoral joint, the ankle, and the knee joints, making them more flexible.

Another good technique for getting superior adaptability of the feet is Bhadrasana, the Throne Pose.

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