Though there are various postures for practicing yoga, pranayama and meditation, Padmasana posture is always considered to the best of all these. Padma means a lotus. The significance of this name is that in this pose one imitates the figure of a blooming lotus. Many ancient idols of Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavira can be seen seated in this Padmasana pose. The appearance of the lotus is imitated with the feet and the hands.
How to practice Padmasana:
- Sit on the seat with the legs in front.
- Held the right foot with hands near the ankle and place it on the left thigh with the sole turned up and the shin touching the thigh.
- Similarly arrange the left foot on the right thigh so that both the heels nearly touch each other.
- Keep both the knees on the seat.
- Keeping the back and neck erect, place the hands on the heels with the palms facing up, the left hand below the right one.
- The thumbs and fingers should overlap each other to give an appearance of the petals of a lotus, the feet imitating two leaves.
- While practicing pranayama, however, one hand should be used for closing one or both the nostrils.
- But while practicing padmasana the hands must be kept aside on the heels.