PADMASANA (Lotus Pose) is considered to be a classic yoga posture. The hands and feet are arranged in the pose resembling the petals of a Lotus flower.
A lotus grows from the mud below and blossoms above the water exposed to the brightness of the sun.
PANKAJAM is one among the several names for 'lotus' in Sanskrit. PANKAJAM means 'that which is born out of the filth or dirt.' The lotus flower grows out of the marsh and rises above it to embrace the radiance of the sun.
The lotus leaf does not absorb the dew drops falling on it and remains unaffected. Similarly, the one who sits in meditation in 'PADMASANA' is unaffected and undisturbed by any external interference or interruptions.
Lotus is termed as the “destroyer of disease,” and the Lotus Pose is said to provide countless physical and energetic benefits. When in PADMASANA, because of the way the body is 'locked' into place, various parts of the body press into the acupuncture points of stomach, gallbladder, spleen, kidneys, and liver. This brings about positive changes in the metabolic structure and brain patterns, helping to create balance in the whole system.
The PADMASANA is considered as a pose to master Pranayama. In Lotus Posture, one should sit on a seat (asana) of Darbha Grass or Kusha Grass (Halfa Grass), an Antelope or Tiger skin, a Blanket, or on Earth, and face either East or North.
The Lotus Pose is said to increase circulation in the Lumbar Spine, nourish and tone the abdominal organs, strengthen the ankles and legs, and increase flexibility in the hips.
Let your mind be in tranquility, like a LOTUS in the muddy water.