Lotus Pose. Padmasana. A quintessential yoga pose. It's said that the placement of your hands and feet resemble the petals of a lotus flower, which is referenced throughout ancient yogic texts such as the Yoga Sutras and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. The lotus flower is also used as the visulization of the chakras, or energy points in the body, with a different number of petals for each chakra. Seemingly simple, yet so symbolic and grounding. It's a great pose to improve posture and clear your mind - both of which are sooo important when balancing on your head!
For many of us, this pose is just not going to happen, especially if there is a history of knee or hip injury. But there are some things you can do to work into and/or modify the pose:
If your body doesn't mind Lotus Pose, this is a great pose to practice meditation in. The pose is also a part of many other poses to include Scale Pose (Tolasana), Rooster Pose (Kukkutasana), and Lotus in Headstand (Urdhva Padmasana). Give it a try and see how it works for you, but pleeeeease pay attention to your knees and back off immediately (but slowly) if you feel any sharp or stabbing pains!
I’m Anahita Reilly, a Type-A, native Northern Virginian, happiness lover. This blog evolved out of my longstanding desire to share this beautiful thing called yoga with others. Click here to read more...