How & why to practice Padamasana– one of the two most important postures in Yoga tradition

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Published on December 4, 2013

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Asana practice is done to prepare the body, breath and mind for the higher practices leading to awakening and realization. While others masters practices many asana to return to the practice of the most important one, known as Padamasana.

Evolve and help others to evolve by Acharya Girish Jha , more details at www.girishjha.org How and why to practice Padamasana (lotus posture) – one of the two most important postures in Yoga tradition How many asanas? Who discovered all? Meaning There are 8.4 million asana discovered by the originator of Yoga by Lord Shiva. The Sanskrit word ‘padama’ means lotus flower. The lotus symbolically represents awakening and realization. There are two most important asana recognized by great masters – Siddhasana and Padamasana

Evolve and help others to evolve by Acharya Girish Jha , more details at www.girishjha.org How and why to practice Padamasana (lotus posture) – one of the two important postures in Yoga tradition Reference from the text: Place the right foot on the left thigh and similarly the left one on the right thigh cross the hands behind the back and firmly catch hold of the great toes of feet so crossed. Place the chin on the chest and fix the gaze on the tip of the nose. The posture is called Padamasana. This posture destroys all diseases (Gherand Samhita- II.8)

Evolve and help others to evolve by Acharya Girish Jha , more details at www.girishjha.org How and why to practice Padamasana (lotus posture) – one of the two important postures in Yoga tradition Why Padamasana is so important: The Yogi who, sitting with Padamasana, can control breathing, there is no doubt, is free from bondage. (Hatha Yoga Pradipika I-51) Having kept ……………………… one gets the highest intelligence by awakening the Kundalini . (Hatha Yoga Pradipika I-50)

Evolve and help others to evolve by Acharya Girish Jha , more details at www.girishjha.org How and why to practice Padamasana (lotus posture) – one of the two important postures in Yoga tradition Technique: Preposition: Sit on the carpet on the floor and stretch both legs straight Procedure: 1. Bend the right knee and hold the right foot with both hands , place it on top of the left thigh bringing the heel as close to the belly button as possible. 2. Bend the left knee and grasp the left foot with both hands and place it on top of the right thigh bringing the heel as close to the Belly button as possible. 3. Both knees should be on the ground and the soles of the feet are pointed upward. The spine is held straight but not rigid. Position: The spine is straight. Optionally, one may gaze in between the eyebrows. Keep hands either in Jnana (join the tips of the index and thumbs) or Anjali Mudra hands on lap one over the other). Releasing: Return from the posture by bringing feet forward on the floor one after the other

Evolve and help others to evolve by Acharya Girish Jha , more details at www.girishjha.org How and why to practice Padamasana (lotus posture) – one of the two important postures in Yoga tradition Secret: Begin practicing for minimum 3- minutes (1.5 min each side) every day. Increase the duration every week by 1 min until you reach 10-minutes each side. It means 20 minutes practice. Maintain awareness of stillness of body, silent and slow breath instead of directing attention to starching as it disturbs the mind. One can begin with half louts pose also

Evolve and help others to evolve by Acharya Girish Jha , more details at www.girishjha.org How and why to practice Padamasana (lotus posture) – one of the two important postures in Yoga tradition Secret: Begin practicing for minimum 3- minutes (1.5 min each side) every day. Increase the duration every week by 1 min until you reach 10-minutes each side. It means 20 minutes practice. Maintain awareness of stillness of body, silent and slow breath instead of directing attention to starching as it disturbs the mind. One can begin with half louts pose also

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