Monday, October 3, 2011

Ardh Padmasan (Half Lotus Pose)

  • Sit down with your legs outstretched in front and keeping the back erect, place your palms on the floor behind the buttocks, with the fingers pointing backward, i.e. Dandasan.
  • Slowly pull the right leg along the floor, folding at the right knee and place the foot on the inner side of left thigh.
  • Also, fold the left leg and bring the left foot under the right thigh.
  • Adjusting the position comfortably, place the hands on the knees in any mudra.
  • In the final position, keep the back, neck, and the head erect.
  • As in Sukhasan, close your eyes and relax the whole body.
  • Be in this pose for a while with slow and even breathing.
  • Repeat the above process by exchanging the legs.
  • On recalling “Radhey Krishna” along with your breaths
  • On the breaths in the final position
  • If performed for a long period of time, it helps to straighten the spine, which helps reduece depression and tension as the lower spine also becomes erect.
  • It also develops the nervous system to a large extent and stimulates digestion as blood circulation gets concentrated in the abdominal area instead of the legs. 
  • Lastly, it trims the extra fat from the waist.
  • People with sciatica or weak knees should not practice it.

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