April showers bring May flowers, and our pose of the month is Padmasana or Lotus Pose.
Padma= Lotus Asana = Pose
LOTUS is the quintessential yoga pose and probably the most recognizable. It’s deeply associated with meditation and is named after the lotus flower.
In Eastern religions and cultures, the lotus flower is a symbol of purity and enlightenment. It blossoms in stagnant, muddy waters floating pristinely above the surface, untouched by the murk and mire in which it is rooted.
Lotus is considered an advanced pose, as it requires hip flexibility in order to protect the vulnerable knee joints.
- Sit on your mat with your legs stretched out in front of you, keeping your spine erect.
- Bend your right knee and cradle your lower leg with your right foot in the crook of your left elbow. Begin to externally rotate your right hip and carefully place your right foot on your left thigh. Make sure that the sole of your foot points upward and your heel is close to your abdomen.
- Repeat with your left leg.
- With both legs crossed and feet placed on opposite thighs, place your hands on your knees.
- Root your sitting bones down and elongate your spine. Draw your head directly above your hips.
- Lift your shoulders up towards your ears, squeeze your shoulder blades together and lower them down your back.
- Hold and continue with long, gentle breaths in and out.
- To come out, gently remove one foot at a time from your thighs.
This can also be practiced in the half lotus position, ardhapadmasana by sitting in sukhasana easy seated pose and only drawing one foot to upper thigh.