Half Lotus Pose, also known as Ardha Padmasana (ara-dhah pahd-MAH-suh-nuh), is a seated yoga posture that serves as a pathway to achieve Padmasana. The name is derived from the Sanskrit words “ardha,” meaning half, “padma,” referring to lotus, and “asana,” denoting yoga or posture.
In this pose, one leg is folded in, allowing the foot to touch the inner thigh of the opposite leg. Subsequently, the other leg bends in, with the foot lifting and resting on the thigh of the opposite leg. The hands can be placed on the knees, thighs, or lap.
By assuming this asana, the body can maintain a still position for extended periods, enabling the mind to concentrate and focus. Regular practice of this pose enhances mindfulness and cultivates heightened awareness, which greatly contributes to mental and emotional well-being.
Benefits and Contraindications
Stretches and strengthens your ankles, knees and inner thighs
Calms your mind and relaxes your body
Good pose for meditation and Pranayama also
Gives relief in sciatica and menstrual pain
Injury or had recent surgery on the knees, ankles, spine, hips, or hamstrings
Frequently Asked Questions
Half Lotus Pose can be practiced by anyone, but it may be more challenging for those with tight hips or knee issues. Beginners should practice under the guidance of a qualified yoga teacher.
It is generally not recommended to practice Half Lotus Pose during pregnancy as it puts pressure on the abdominal area and can cause discomfort. It is best to speak with a healthcare provider or a qualified yoga teacher before practicing any yoga poses during pregnancy.
Hold the pose for as long as it is comfortable, but aim for at least 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side. You can gradually increase the duration over time.
If you experience discomfort or pain, come out of the pose slowly and gently. You can modify the pose with props or practice an easier variation such as Easy Pose. It is important to listen to your body and not force yourself into the pose beyond your limits.
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