Half Lotus Pose (Ardha Padmasana) How to do & Benefits

A girl doing Meditation in Half Lotus Yoga Pose
Half Lotus Pose / Ardha Padmasana

                    Pronunciation  -    ara-dha-pa-dma-sa-na
                    Meaning -                    Ardha is the Sanskrit word and it means 'half'. 
                                                                                          And asana means 'posture' or 'pose'.
                    Difficulty -                 1 (out of 5) depending on flexibility of legs.

How to do Half Lotus Pose (Ardha Pamasana) ? 

Steps -

      1) Sit on the floor or  Yoga Mat with leg straight.

      2) Slowly fold the left leg from knee and place left foot heel on right thigh as close to navel as possible.

      3) Now fold the right leg from knee and place it under the left thigh.

      4) Take any mudra (hand gesture) and rest your wrist on the knee. I prefer Dhyaan Mudra & Gyan Mudra.

Note -
            a) You can change leg position, if posture becomes uncomfortable.
            b) Your both knees should touch or rest on the ground.
            c) Your spine or backbone must be straight or erect. 

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Benefit -

           a) This Pose helps to relax and calm your mind.
           b) This pose strengthen your lower body muscle including ankles, calf's and thighs etc.

Limitation -

           a) Those who have knee-joint pain or ankle-joint pain should avoid to do Half Lotus Pose.

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