Baddha Padmasana

Baddha padmasana is an advanced variation of the famous Padmasana (lotus pose) as well as a focal point for many types of meditation practices. This cross-legged seated meditation asana maintains physical and mental stability.

In the olden times, Yogis and Rishimuni used to sit in this posture and meditate And used to start their yoga session with this asana. Baddha Padmasana is described in ancient yogic texts like Yajnavalakya and Thirumanthiram.

The Baddha Padmasana is also mentioned in the Gherand Samhita. In the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the lotus posture is considered one of the four main seating positions for meditation. These are very good yoga for the brain and spinal cord. Doing this asana deepens the mind’s calm and meditation, besides this provides relief from many physical disorders.

Baddha Padmasana Meaning

Baddh Padmasana is a Sanskrit word in which ‘Baddha‘ means ‘bound or closed’ and ‘Padma‘ means ‘lotus flower’ and ‘Asana‘ means “yoga pose”. Buddha Padmasana is also known as “Lock Lotus Pose” in English because in this posture the body becomes like a closed lotus.

To focus the mind on the body and prevent our awareness from being distributed is one of the key teachings of this mudra. However, Badha Padmasana provides stability from a firmly closed foundation to the fullest realization of spiritual meditation practices.

Most importantly, This is a very reputed yoga pose for beginners.

Baddha Padmasana Quick Facts

Sanskrit Name: Baddha Padmasana
Pronunciation: BAH-dah Pa-dah-maa-sun-aa
Meaning: Baddha‘ means ‘bound’ or ‘locked’, ‘Padma‘ means ‘lotus’ and ‘asana‘ means ‘pose’
Other Name: Locked Lotus Pose, Bound Lotus Pose
Pose Position: Sitting
Pose Level: Advanced
Focusing Chakras: Anahata (heart) chakra, Manipura (solar plexus) chakra
Stretches: Shoulders, Wrists, Back, Elbows, Hips, Knees, Ankles, Thighs
Strengthens: Back, Chest, Spine, Arms, Legs, Lower Back

Preparatory Pose

Steps To Do Baddha Padmasana (Locked Lotus Pose)

Steps 1st

  • To come in Buddha Padmasana, first of all, sit in a Padmasana or lotus posture by laying a yoga mat on an open space. For this, you place your right foot on the left thigh and the left foot on the right thigh, this is a classical cross-legged Lotus pose.
  • Now move both your hands backward, holding your thumbs in the opposite positions, ie hold the left toe with your right hand and hold the right toe with the left hand. IT requires a bit of flexibility.
  • Importantly, keep your spine and head in a straight line.
  • In the situation, there will be a cross-like mark with the calf and forward hands.
  • After this, bend the head down and place the chin on the chest. This is the chin lock or Jalandhara Bandha.
  • Keep your gaze on one of the fixes and your eyes should also close.
  • There may be difficulty in catching the toe in doing this posture for the first time.
  • Importantly, keep your breathing normal.

Steps 2nd

  • After step one is complete, slowly lean forward and touch the ground with your forehead.
  • Take care to slowly exhale while bending forward.
  • Try to stay in this pose for at least 30 seconds or more as long as you can.
  • Meanwhile, inhale slowly again and lift the head up and straighten the torso.
  • After this, you release your hands and open the lock of the foot, and slowly come to your initial position.

If you have trouble sitting in the Padmasana with both legs folded, then you can sit in the semi-Padmasana, you can do this asana by placing any leg on the opposite thigh.

Follow Up Poses

Benefits Of Baddha Padmasana (Locked Lotus Pose)

Like other yoga postures, doing Padmasana also has great benefits to health and this asana is beneficial in curing diseases.

Let us know what are the benefits of performing Baddha Padmasana (Locked Lotus Pose).

  • By taking deep breaths in this asana, the brain remains calm and the problem of not sleeping at night is overcome.
  • With this asana, both ankles of the legs get full exercise. The physical formation is removed.
  • It gives you relief from stress and activates positive nervous energy.
  • This posture calms anxiety and also keeps the mind healthy.
  • Performing Baddha Padmasana eliminates menstrual discomfort and makes the period regular. Apart from this, this asana also helps in strengthening the bladder and pelvis and enhancing the fertility of women.
  • Moreover, This pose stimulates the Anahata (heart) chakra and the Manipura (solar plexus) chakra. 

Conclusion

Most people are not able to place the second leg easily on the thigh of the first leg. Therefore, such people should first practice the Half Butterfly Pose, followed by Baddha Padmasana.

Pregnant women should also avoid performing this asana.

Apart from this, do not perform this asana if you have severe back and back pain, injury to knees and ankles or if you are a patient with sciatica.

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