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Lotus Pose - Padmasana

***Allows all chakras to open***

In a sitting position with both legs extended straight out in front of you, bend right leg at the knee and bring it in toward you so that you can take hold of your right foot with both hands. Place right foot on top of left thigh. The right foot to be brought in as close as possible so that foot eventually touches groin. The right knee rests on the floor. Next bend the left leg at the knee and bring it toward you as far as possible and take hold of it with both hands. Place left foot on top of  right thigh, the left foot to be brought in close to groin as well. Both knees rest on the floor. When legs grow tired stretch them out and repeat position by reversing legs. There are several variations for this position to accommodate flexibility and comfort: Half Lotus - Ardha Padmasana - requires you place right foot in the fold of your left leg. Drop the right knee as far as possible toward the floor, later reverse leg positions. Back is straight and arms extend to knees palms upward with index finger and thumb touching forming energy circuit.

Benefits:

-provides classical sitting position for meditation during long periods of time without bodily movement

-promotes elasticity of the ankles, knees, and legs

CAUTION: The full lotus position is an advanced yoga position that requires considerable amount of practice to master. If you cannot do half lotus position, you will not be able to do full lotus position.

 

Revised: 12/27/2010

Bibliography

Buddhist Doctrines

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Colleen Rawn-Boicey

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