The little prince met a merchant. He sold some pills that took away the desire to drink. …”Why are you selling those?”, asked the little Prince. -“ Because they save a tremendous amount of time… with this pills, you save fifty-three minutes in every week…”and do anything that you like”…said the merchant.
Time and again we get caught up in routine and hardships, we usually lead a rushed life, without enjoining the little moments that give us happiness … It’s time to change !! Let’s not let another day pass in that way, I propose to myself, I suggest to you, to take time spaces to sit in Padmasana, a little moment, to calm the mind, the body and just feel, enjoying the wind, the smells, to BE AWAKE !!!!!! Can you join me? 🙏🏻
PADMASANA – LOTUS POSE
Lotus Pose has the power to settle your nerves, awaken your energy and quiet your mind.
Padmasana is considered by many to be an archetypal yoga posture. The arrangement of your hands and feet in the pose resembles the petas of a lotus flower, the blossom that grows from its base in the mud to rest above the water and open to the sun. The image is nothing less than a metaphor for the unfolding process of yoga. A lotus is rooted in the mud, and when it grows, it blooms into a beautiful flower, in the same way, when a person begins yoga, they are rooted in the mud as part of the mundane world. But as they progress, they can grow into a blooming flower.
It is a cross-legged yoga posture which 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, and hence the name Padmasana.
Sit on the floor or on a mat with legs stretched out in front of you while keeping the spine erect.
Bend the right knee and place it on the left thigh. Make sure that the sole of the feet point upward and the heel is close to the abdomen.
Now repeat the same step with the other leg.
With both the legs crossed and feet placed on opposite thighs, place your hands on the knees in mudras position.
Keep the head straight and spine erect.
Hold and continue with gentle long breaths in and out.
Mudras stimulate the flow of energy in body and can have amazing effects when practiced with Padmasana. Every mudrasdiffers from each other and so do their benefits. When sitting in Padmasana, you can deepen your meditation by incorporating either Chin mudra, Chinmayi mudra, Adi mudra or Bhrama mudra. Breathe for a few minutes while in the mudras and observe the flow of energy in the body.
If you have problem overlapping both legs and sitting in Padmasana, you may also sit in Ardha – Padmasana (half Lotus Pose) by placing any one leg on the opposite thigh. Continue doing so till you feel flexible enough to progress to Padmasana.
Reduces muscular tension and brings blood pressure under control.
Relaxes the mind.
Helps pregnant ladies during childbirth.
Reduces menstrual discomfort.
Ankle or knee injury: perform this pose only with the supervision of an experienced teacher.
As many women know, menstruation can be a bothersome and even painful monthly event. Severe cramping, bloating, fatigue and irritation, give this time of the month a bad rap.
What many women forget, or are never taught, is to appreciate the incredible feat that our bodies experienced each month in preparation to create life. Having a regular period is a sign of overall wellbeing, while irregular periods signal more serious physical and mental health concerns.
Utilizing Lotus Pose throughout the month can help to make the menstruation week less frustrating and painful. Practicing yoga in general is useful for women to relax the nervous system and strengthen the muscles around the important reproductive organs. It also helps to reduce stress, which plays a role in regulating the hormones.
Lotus pose specifically helps by opening the hips, while strengthening the core and back, which are usually points of discomfort during menstruation. It is also a pose commonly coupled with breathing exercises, taking the stress reduction capacity to the next level.
Lotus pose also has the potential to ease symptoms of menstruation and ease childbirth by helping to stretch the pelvic floor and soften and stretch the vaginal opening. While this ose may get difficult as the due date approaches, it is a wonderful tool for the early months of pregnancy.
In Lotus Pose, we are pressing our heels directly into the hip joints, a place where many lymph nodes live. Stimulating these nodes and the lymphatic system pushes out toxins and gives us a little boost of immunity.
You may have heard yoga teachers talk about holding emotions in our hips and wonder what that really means. This has a lot to do with stress and how our body reacts to it.
When our body perceives a threat, it initiates the fight or flight response. It today’s world, a threat can be anything from a looming deadline at work, to an argument with a partner, to a traumatic situation. When this reaction occurs, the body becomes tense, and much of that tension is in the hips.
Issues arise when we are on constant high alert (as many of us are due to stressful lifestyles and never release that tension. The result is years of built up stress, anger, sadness or guilt, all stored in our hips.
Hip openers like Lotus pose allow us to undo years of damage and begin to release those emotions. If you’ve ever felt yourself close to tears by the end of a hip opening yoga sequence, this is why! Letting emotional damage come to the surface can be painful, but it is undoubtedly more healthy for our bodies and minds in the long run.
The chakras are the seven energy centers in the body that are connected to our physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
The root chakra, located at the base of the spine is connected to our basic human instincts, like fear and survival. It is also tied to our body image, feeling grounded, our physical health, feelings of isolation, and desire for money and material possessions.
When our Root Chakra is off balance, we can feel angry, depressed, fatigued, and even constipated. When our Root Chakra is balanced, we feel safe and secure in our lives, happy in our jobs, connected to our community and present in each moment. There are lots of ways to help balance this chakra, including seated yoga poses.
When we sit in Lotus, the base of our spine is pressed firmly into the mat. With this, we physically root ourselves into the earth and find a sense of grounding. From here, we can do the mental and emotional work to determinate what is stopping us from that sense of grounding in our lives.
Balancing the Root Chakra is about finding balance in life, so that our morals, thoughts, and ideals of a happy life match our actions and behaviors.
PHOTO 📸: Gabriel Machado / MACHADO CICALA MORASSUT 💙✨🙏🏻