Why does padmasana promote meditation?
How come padmasana, lotus pose, promotes meditation? Why this posture in particular out of all other postures is recommended for relaxation? What is the relation between the physiological dimension and the mental response that occurs?
The position of the crossed legs in relation to the pelvis act as a support for the spine which in turn supports the skull. The brain and the spinal cord are therefore protected which let the nervous system to relax. Therefore padmasana helps the mind for activities like meditation and pranayama practice. Moreover, the rib cage opens more freely and is therefore more receptive of the natural flow of breath as it is also supported by the position of the legs and pelvis.
To practice padmasana or lotus pose, you will need great external rotation through the hips. This will avoid to damage the knee. There shouldn't be any pressure or pain in the knee. If it is the case back off and work on preparatory postures like the butterfly pose to open the hips.
- Sit in dandasana.
- Bring the right knee to the chest
- Keeping the knee bent as close to the chest as possible, externally rotate through the right hip and bring the right foot to the left thigh.
- Bend the left knee as close to the chest, externally rotate the left foot to the right thigh
- Pull the lower belly in and up against the spine
- Keep the spine long, shoulders relaxed
- Slightly bring the chin into the chest
- Place the hand in prayer position to the Herat centre.
Rest in the posture as long as you feel confortable and build your sensitivity to the breath flowing freely in and out of the body.
Thanks for reading, enjoy your practice!