The Conceptual Study of Padmasana Yoga Posture
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Keywords

Padmasana, Pranayama, Yoga, Yoga Sutras, Hathayoga, Meditation, Rachana Sharir, Nibbana, Sattari Sufism, Sadhana, Kayotsarga.

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Narwade, S., & Sheikh, Y. (2024). The Conceptual Study of Padmasana Yoga Posture. Ayurlog: National Journal of Research in Ayurved Science, 12(2). Retrieved from https://www.ayurlog.com/index.php/ayurlog/article/view/1215

Abstract

Introduction: Padmasana (Lotus Pose) is a prominent asana (posture) in the practice of yoga. It is highly regarded for its physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. It is a classic seated posture in yoga that holds great significance in various spiritual traditions. It is a meditative pose often used for breathing exercises (pranayama) and meditation practices. Among the numerous yoga postures, Padmasana, or Lotus Pose, holds a special place. This seated pose, revered for its meditative qualities, has been practiced for centuries and continues to be an integral part of yogic traditions. This conceptual study aims to explore the origins, techniques, and significance of Padmasana in yoga philosophy and practice. The study will be conducted by examining the historical context like Pre Vedic, Vedic texts, Tripitaka literature (Buddha’s Teachings), Jain Texts, few Arabic traditions, etc., anatomical considerations, and therapeutic effects of Padmasana. This research article provides a comprehensive chronological and historical understanding of this iconic yoga posture. Aim: Exploring the Conceptual Foundations and Benefits of Padmasana Yoga Posture. Objectives: 1) To investigate the historical and cultural origins of Padmasana. 2) To examine the anatomical considerations and alignment principles of Padmasana. Methods: Comprehensive review of religious texts like Rig-Veda, Tripitaka, etc., ancient yoga texts, including the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and Gheranda Samhita. Results: Historical analysis reveals the ancient roots of Padmasana in yogic scriptures and its association with meditation, enlightenment, and spiritual awakening. Padmasana holds great significance in Buddhist traditions, particularly in relation to meditation and spiritual practice. Anatomical exploration provides insights into the alignment principles of Padmasana, focusing on hip flexibility, knee health, and spine alignment. Examination of preparatory practices and variations showcases the progressive steps that enable practitioners to safely and effectively approach the full expression of Padmasana. Compilation of scientific research demonstrates the positive effects of Padmasana on physical well-being, such as improved posture, enhanced concentration, and reduced stress and anxiety. Discussion: The findings of this conceptual study highlight the rich historical and cultural significance of Padmasana, as well as its practical implications in contemporary yoga practice. The discussion explores the therapeutic applications of Padmasana in addressing physical ailments, promoting mental stability, and deepening spiritual experiences. Furthermore, the limitations and precautions associated with Padmasana practice are discussed to ensure its safe implementation.

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