Padmasana ( Lotus) is often identified as the centerpiece for Hatha yoga. It is one of the classic poses, and almost recognized by everyone even those who don't know much of yoga. Though it is classified as an advanced yoga, it could be done with ease by many children.
This pose is often used for meditation. Some might find it a bit difficult to do this yoga (mostly beginners). People who had a knee injury should consult a guru before giving it a shot.
Get in to Dandasana (The staff pose). Relax your thigh muscles, make sure your tail bone is pointing outside and slightly concave.
Now bend the right knee and bring the right foot over the left thigh (A word of caution, don't wear slippery trousers) close to the hip region. The bottom surface of your feet should face up.
Once this became stable, bend the left knee and bring your left foot over the right thigh close to the high region.
The center portion should look like the letter 'X'. The bottom surface of the left foot should face up.
Rest both your arms on the respective knee.
Take long breath and close your eyes. You can stay in this pose for 2 to 10 minutes (There are people who can sit in this pose for hours together, as this is considered to be one of the most comfortable yoga poses).
There are hundreds of yogasanas derived from padmasana, one such is Yogamudrasana, which is very important to raise the kundalini. With arms behind your back, bend forward to touch the floor with your nose and forehead. While doing so, your sit bones should not rise from the floor. The chest should rest on your lap.
Benefits of Lotus posture: It opens up the hip, increases flexibility, increases focus and concentration and strengthens the knee joints and ankle joints.
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How to Teach Lotus Posture to Children(2 posts) (2 voices)
This is all well and good. Not sure about sitting in Padmasana for hours. Children usually have very flexible bodies, but some children can put their knees and hips at risk. Padmasana is not for everyone.
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