Utthita Padmasana: The Elevated Lotus Posture
â€˜Utthita Padmasana’ is a modified form of Padmasana; â€˜Utthita’ means elevated and â€˜Padmasana’ means lotus posture. In English, the asana is called â€˜the elevated lotus posture’ because the entire body (resembling a lotus) is lifted off the ground using both hands. This asana is also known as â€˜Dolasana’ or â€˜Lolasana’.
How to do Utthita Padmasana?
- Sit on â€˜Padmasana’ keeping your head and spine straight.
- Place both your palms on each side of your hip.
- While inhaling, slowly lift your body above the ground level. The weight of the entire body should rest solely on your palms.
- Maintain this posture till you can hold your breath.
- Slowly lower your body back to the normal position while exhaling.
Benefits of Elevated Lotus Posture:
- Strengthens the Arm Muscles: It is suggested that since the weight of the entire body rests on the palms, the asana can strengthen the arm muscles. These can include the biceps, triceps, etc.
- Strengthen the Joints of the Arms: Utthita Padamasana can strengthen the joint muscles of the arms. These may include the elbows, wrists and shoulders.
- Promotes Digestion: This asana is suggested to strengthen the muscles of the abdominal organs and improve their functions. This can help in treating various digestive disorders and promote digestion.
Who Should not do Utthita Padmasana?
You may not want to practice Utthita Padamasana unless under the supervision of an expert and unless you can gain mastery over Padmasana. This can cause severe injury.