Padmasana or Lotus Pose: The Asana or Posture for Meditation

Padmasana or Lotus pose is a cross-legged yoga posture which helps deepen meditation by calming the mind. The asana is said to resemble a lotus, to encourage proper breathing for pranayama and meditative practice, and to foster physical stability. Padmasana is one of the most relaxing poses of yogasana after the initial knee pains due to bending of knees have been overcome. The body being in a sitting posture, it is at rest without being sloppy. The position of the cross legs and the erect back keeps the mind attentive and alert. Hence it is one of the asanas recommended for practising pranayama (breath control). When sitting in padmasana, the yoga practitioner can deepen meditation further by incorporating either Chin mudra, Chinmay mudra, Adi mudra or Bhrama mudra.

Those without sufficient flexibility to place both knees on the ground when in full lotus position should not use it, as it strains the knees and lower back. Sciatica or osteoarthritis of knees is contra-indications to attempting padmasana. On physical level, padmasana or lotus pose is good for preventing stiffness in the knees and ankles. Since the blood is made to circulate in the lumbar region and the abdomen, the spine and abdominal organs are toned. Padmasana improves digestion, reduces muscular tension, brings blood pressure under control and relaxes the mind.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Yoga Practitioner


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Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda, M.B.B.S.,M.D. Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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10 Responses to Padmasana or Lotus Pose: The Asana or Posture for Meditation

  1. I knew about posture(with photo), benefit of padmasana in a scientific manner.I generally practice meditation in sukhasana, but knew that it is better with padmasana. I use chinmudra during meditation as I don’t know about chinmay mudra or adi mudra.

    Sir,Right now I am in Jhansi to impart training of Addl CMO & NRHM managers of 18 districts.

    Prakash Padhan
    UNICEF-Uttar Pradesh,India

  2. Sir,

    A nice article related to most common Yoga i.e.Padmasana.The common problems of the people are cured by the Asana. As per your description Padmasana improves digestion, reduces muscular tension, brings blood pressure under control and relaxes the mind, which are essential for the people of present society. The people must practice the asana which keep them healthy and also save their money. Myself also knew the benefit of the asana.

    Kedarnath Sahu
    Science Teacher
    Sohela Dist.Bargarh,Odisha

  3. Nice article on Padmasana. One requires good flexibility at knee joint or it should be practiced from childhood. One can try it with one knee in full position and other leg in simple fold and then alternate. With this sitting posture one can add breathing exercises and meditation at various levels and patterns. This is one of nice asanas in association with others.

  4. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    The padmasana is very excellent and benefit to the aspirant easily gets its mileage once he gets engaged properly as per yogic science because it modifies the body and mind in such a way that both become solidified and loose own characters and properties. So neither intellect nor ego sways the mass unit except breath by process of pranayama which enlivens it. Thus the atomic energy is more conserved to understand the purpose of birth and aspirant is used to or adhered to noble work.Thanks for your informative description about the asana for all.

    With Regards,
    Your Divine Brother
    Dr.Binod Bihari Naik

  5. Rajesh Kumar Panda says:

    Respected Dear Kaka,

    The elaboration/narration about the posture of Yoga is noteworthy and informative.

    With regards,
    Yours lovingly,

  6. Your write up on Padmasana-a brief and good write up.

  7. Madhusudan Mahunta says:

    Dear Sir,

    I read the article on Padmasana or Lotus pose. Your description about the article is highly appreciated and praiseworthy.This asana no doubt improves the mental & physical strength and also prevents some diseases of human being. Many many thanks for your brief description about padmasana.

    Madhusudan Mahunta
    Sohela,Bargarh Odisha

  8. Santhosh says:

    Dear Uncle,

    First of all, apologies for the delayed response. A very good and an informative article on Padmasana. Thanks a lot for the brief explanation on this asana and the benefits. As always, you are doing a very good job by spreading the knowledge to the world by making use of the technology in the very great way.

    Much gratitude
    Kind Regards,
    Santhosh KV
    SAP – SRM consultant

  9. Purnima Panda says:

    Pranam kaka,

    This asana helps deepen meditation by calming the mind and alleviating various physical ailments. A regular practice of this posture aids in overall blossoming of the practitioner, just like a lotus. Padmasana is the sitting asana par excellence; but it’s not for everybody. It is considered as an intermediate to advanced pose. One must be relaxed and concentrate while practicing this asana.

    The brief description of this asana in your article will help the practitioner in a better way.

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