How to do Padmasana and its benefits and how it is beneficial for the nervous system?
It would have been so much easy if we had a switch to turn to a calm mind. But don’t, and that’s where we have to find some other solution. Padmasana or lotus position is known for its calming effects on our minds. For years, Yoga has helped people conquer depression and anxiety. It helps you let go of stress hormones deposited in the body.
The ultimate meditative pose or the cross-leg sitting asana was established from the time immemorial and performed by the Buddhist and the Jain disciples. They used the lotus position to connect their mind, body, and spirit and gain control over their body systems. Combined with the breathing pattern, it creates a very soothing and calming effect on us, rejuvenating us from within.
Lotus being a symbol of rebirth, purity, strength, spirituality, and enlightenment, padmasana can also help you in your spiritual journey. Here are some other benefits of Padmasana or the lotus pose:
- Reduced mental stress
Our body is a complex system with billions of cells at work. There are muscles, tissues, tendons, nerves that sometimes get stressed out of the constant work. While meditating in the lotus pose, you can relax both your mind and body. It allows you to relieve your tight muscle tissues and flushes out negative thoughts and emotions. It soothes your body and puts a break on overthinking.
- Pre-natal care
Women undergo various hormonal changes during pregnancy. And their body changes a lot. Sometimes they experience immense pain and find it difficult to carry on daily-life activities, even the simple ones. The posture helps you strengthen the pelvic region and regulates blood flow through the placenta. It ensures the health you the mother and the child both.
Furthermore, it helps the mother during the child’s delivery and helps her experience less pain, and ensures smoother delivery. Positive energy and balanced hormones also reduce the risks of post-partum depression.
- Circulation and respiration
Padmasana yoga helps open up the lungs and boosts the lungs’ efficiency to hold the breathe and allow a large intake of oxygen. High oxygen intake also increases the blood flow rate in the vessels and promotes circulation. It reduces the risks of heart attack and stroke.
- Improved posture and healthy spine
Bad posture can put you in immense pain, and a lotus position helps you in spine realignment. It makes your spine straight and maintains the curves perfectly. The nervous system is put to ease, and the stress is eliminated.
- Anxiety and insomnia
Rather than resorting to drugs with potential dependency risks, you can go for padmasana yoga. It helps reduce anxiety, wards off fear, and promotes good sleep.
How to do padmasana?
- Start by sitting down on the floor or a yoga mat with your legs straight and stretched out in front of you.
- Bend your knee and put your feet on the thigh of the opposite leg.
- Make sure the heels are close to the abdomen and the sole of the feet is pointing upwards.
- Now place the hand in the mudra of your choice.
- Maintain a straight and erect spine throughout the meditation.
- Deeply inhale and hold the position for a few minutes and then exhale while focusing on the breathing pattern.