Lotus position


Lotus position

The lotus position (Devanāgarī: पद्मासन; IAST: "padmāsana"; Japanese: Nihongo|"kekka fuza"|結跏趺坐) 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.cite book | title=An Introduction to Hinduism | url=http://books.google.co.in/books?id=KpIWhKnYmF0C&pg=PA29&sig=iRXUzchB0HnFuDZbytzpbpoB_yY| last=D. Flood| first=Gavin| date=1996| pages=29| publisher=Cambridge University Press| id=ISBN 0521438780] cite book | title=The Sādhus of India: A Study of Hindu Asceticism | last=Lewis Gross| first=Robert| date=2007| pages=10| publisher=Rawat Publications]

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.

ee also

*Asana
*List of Hatha yoga postures

Notes

References


*"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
*"Yoga, Tantra and Meditation in Daily Life" by Swami Janakananda Saraswati (Author), Paperback: 128 pages, Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser (Sep 1992), Language: English, ISBN-10: 0877287686 ISBN-13: 978-0877287681, Dimensions: 8.3 x 9.8 x 0.3 inches

External links

* [http://www.syvum.com/cgi/online/serve.cgi/fun/yoga/lotus_padmasana.html Stepwise Technique & Potential Benefits of the Lotus Posture (Padmasana or Kamalasana)]
* [http://www.syvum.com/cgi/online/serve.cgi/fun/yoga/half_lotus_ardha_padmasana.html Stepwise Technique & Potential Benefits of the Half Lotus Posture (Ardha Padmasana or Ardha Kamalasana)]
* [http://zenmontpellier.site.voila.fr/eng/lotus/lotuseng.html Growing up a Lotus]
* [http://www.flashmavi.com/yoga_padmasana_learn_the_lotus_pose.shtml Animation - How to go into a Lotus Pose]
* [http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/488_1.cfm Padmasana (Lotus Pose)]
* [http://antaiji.dogen-zen.de/eng/adult35.shtml Crossing the legs]


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  • lotus position — ► NOUN ▪ a cross legged position for meditation, with the feet resting on the thighs …   English terms dictionary

  • lotus position — n. in yoga, an erect sitting posture with the legs crossed and with each foot, sole upturned, resting on the upper thigh of the opposite leg …   English World dictionary

  • lotus position — noun a sitting position with the legs crossed; used in yoga • Hypernyms: ↑position, ↑posture, ↑attitude • Part Holonyms: ↑yoga * * * ˈlotus position [lotus position] …   Useful english dictionary

  • lotus position — N SING: usu the N If someone doing meditation or yoga is in the lotus position, they are sitting with their legs crossed and each foot resting on top of the opposite thigh …   English dictionary

  • lotus position — noun Etymology: from the supposed resemblance of the position to a lotus blossom Date: 1953 a cross legged sitting position used in yoga in which each foot is on the thigh of the opposite leg …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lotus position — noun a cross legged sitting posture; a meditative position in Hinduism and Buddhism, also used in yoga and sexual intercourse …   Wiktionary

  • lotus position — noun a cross legged position for meditation, with the feet resting on the thighs …   English new terms dictionary

  • lotus position — a standard seated posture for yoga, with legs intertwined, left foot over right thigh, and right foot over left thigh. [1960 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • lotus position — lo′tus posi tion n. ear a standard seated posture for yoga with legs intertwined, left foot over right thigh and right foot over left thigh …   From formal English to slang


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