Benefits of Padmasana:
- Increases flexibility in the hips, shins
- Improves digestion
- Reduces muscular tension
- Calming effect on the body
- Aids women during childbirth
- Reduces menstrual discomfort
Variations of Padmasana
For beginners users can begin with only one foot in lotus pose. For those looking to take their asana to the next level simply inhale and fold forward on the exhale. This increases the stretch in the hips and the superficial back line.
Alignment cues for Padmasana – Lotus Pose
Starting with half lotus pose.
With one leg straight, bring the foot as far over the hip as you can. You can cradle your leg with your arm and gently rock it from side to side to loosen and warm the joints.
Place the foot gently in the crease of the hip.
If it feels comfortable repeat on the second side.