Top 7 Health Benefits of Padmasana Lotus pose


When experiencing anxiety, feeling dissonance with the Self or restlessness– look no beyond than acquiring the quintessential benefits of Lotus Pose. An archetypal posture– Padmasana, in which the placement of the hands and feet resemble the petals of a lotus flower– that grows in the mud and blossoms into a beautiful flower and rests above the water. Similarly, the individuals are rooted in the mundane activities of the modern world. But when they practice lotus yoga pose, they bloom into a happy and healthy individual.


In Sanskrit, Lotus means ‘Padma’ that symbolizes enlightenment, purity, rebirth, beauty, spirituality, and material wealth. Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth and abundance) and  Lord Ganesha– the destroyer of all obstacles are seen sitting on an open lotus with one in the other hand. Emerging from such profound imagery, Lotus Pose is a yoga and meditation posture for realizing self-awareness, and for connecting with the body, mind, and spirit.

Let’s see how to perform the Lotus Pose:

  • Come into the staff pose for practicing the Padmasana.
  • Fold the right leg at the knee and place the right foot on the left thigh. The right knee is pushed to the crook of the right elbow.
  • Repeat the same with the left leg. People with a knee injury should keep the knee active and flex to protect the knee or can avoid the pose till the suffering persists.
  • Both the feet should rest at the opposite hip-crease.
  • Lift the front torso so that the spine can elongate.
  • Fold the hands in Jnana Mudra.
  • Look straight and focus at a point.

Top Benefits of Lotus Pose:

1. Destroyer of Diseases: The sacred Hatha Yoga Pradipika calls the Lotus Pose the ‘destroyer of all diseases’ for a reason. The alignment of the hands and legs in the pose compress into the acupuncture points of stomach, gallbladder, kidneys, liver, and spleen bringing a transformation in the brain patterns and metabolic structure. The change balances the whole system physically and energetically.

2. Awakens the Energy: Lotus Pose harbors the alluring potential to awaken the dormant Kundalini energy within. The Kundalini rests at the base of the spine and moves up the chakra system. The bandhas, mudras, and locked body positions in the pose make it easier to access the Mula Bandha chakra and create a direct contact between the pelvis and earth. This ignites the Kundalini in the body– the cosmic energy of higher consciousness and bliss.

3. Nourishes the Abdominal Organs: In the lotus pose, the legs are kept against the torso, the feet are placed close to the elbows, and the heels are pressed into the lower belly that nourishes and tones the abdominal organs. The abdomen contains digestive organs, kidneys, liver, spleen, pancreas, gallbladder, and other vital blood vessels that perform different functions in keeping the Yogi healthy. Thorough nourishment through Padmasana is the key to maintaining their well-being and keeping them disease free.

4. Conditions Lumbar Spine: The lengthening of the spine while performing the lotus pose results in increased blood circulation around the lumbar spine. An improvement in blood supply around the region bathes the joints, ligaments, and muscles of the lower back in the oxygenated blood leading to a strong and flexible lower Back.

5. Release the Emotional Blockages: Our body is constantly exposed to numerous stress and as a result, it initiates the fight-flight response making the organs sore and tight. The hips store emotional blockages and tensions. Hip-opener yoga poses like the Lotus pose give the practitioners a chance to undo the damages and to release the stressful emotions which are healthy for the body and brain both.

6. Triggers the Lymph Nodes: In the Padmasana, the heels are pressed into the hip joints– the region where several lymph nodes reside. The compression detoxifies and stimulates the lymphatic system giving the immune system a boost.

7. Eases Menstruation Pain: Menstruation is a painful monthly experience. Cramping, fatigue, bloating, etc., make the situation worse. The practice of Lotus pose throughout the month can help the women pass this time with ease, less pain, and minimal discomfort.

Like the lotus rises above the swap, evolve into a beautiful blossom with the Padmasana.

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