The yoga pose of the month is Lotus Pose, also known as Padmasana. Padma means Lotus, Asana means posture.

Benefits of Lotus Pose: Opens the hips, tones abdominal organs and spine, helps keep mind attentive and alert. The pose also helps rid stiffness in the knees and ankles. One of the best poses for practicing pranayama. Beneficial for those with nervous and emotional disorders. Helps one to center and prepare for asana practice as well as facilitate Samadhi, the goal of yoga.

Preparation for Padmasana (Lotus Pose):

  1. Sit on the floor with legs stretched out in front.
  2. Bend right leg and place right foot on top of left thigh with right foot facing up. Right heel should be near navel.
  3. Bend left leg and place on top of right with left foot facing up and heel near navel.
  4. If this position is not attainable sit in one of it’s modifications; Ardha Padmasana (Half Lotus) or Sukhasana (Meditation or Easy Pose)

Preparation for Ardha Pasmasana (Half Lotus Pose):

  1. Sit on floor with legs stretched out in front.
  2. Bend left leg with heel near right buttock.
  3. Bend right leg and place right foot on left thigh. Foot facing up.

Whichever version of the pose one chooses the spine should be erect, shoulders relaxed and chin level with the mat.

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