Secret Lotus Pose or Gupta Padmasana (GUP-taa pod-MAHS-anna) necessitates the use of hip, knee, and ankle strength to support the upper body while in a forward bend.
Squeezing the knees and ankles with the hips’ stability, the body goes into prone – resting flat on the floor – and eventually into a lock with the hands behind in Anjali Mudra (Namaskar Mudra).
Gupta means “hidden/preserved/guarded” in Sanskrit, hence hiding one’s wrath, worry, tensions, negativities, and so on, and conserving what is healthy for the body and mind.
Gupta Padmasana necessitates hip flexibility. This asana has a beneficial effect on the entire spine. It’s very flattering on a rounded back. Because the feet are covered behind the torso, this asana is also known as the “Hidden Lotus Pose”
Benefits and Contraindications
Good for a rounded back and hip displacement
Induces peace, stability, and emotional balance
Helpful for migraines
Positive influence upon the entire spine
Pregnancy and women during menstruation
Pain in the hips, knees or shoulders
Problems of the cervical spine
Frequently Asked Questions
Gupta Padmasana can be challenging for beginners, as it requires flexibility in the hips and knees. It is important to approach the pose with caution and work slowly to build up the necessary flexibility over time. It is always a good idea to practice under the guidance of a qualified yoga teacher.
If you experience pain or discomfort while practicing Gupta Padmasana, it is important to listen to your body and come out of the pose if necessary. It is always better to practice slowly and with awareness, only going as deep as feels comfortable and safe for your body.
Gupta Padmasana is not recommended during pregnancy, especially in the later stages, as it can be difficult to maintain balance and stability in the pose. It’s best to practice prenatal yoga poses that are safe and appropriate for pregnancy
It’s generally not recommended to practice Gupta Padmasana or any other yoga pose that puts pressure on the abdomen during menstruation. It’s best to practice gentle, restorative poses during this time.
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