Lotus pose is a guarantee of health
The lotus pose and the lion pose are the basic postures of hatha yoga for maintaining immunity, mental tone and flexibility of the body.
Hatha yoga - a method of healing the body, proven for centuries. Currently, specialists and practitioners-philistines have identified two of the most effective asanas, which in a relatively short time have a healing effect on the body. This is the lotus (padmasana) pose and the lion (simhasana) pose.
About lotus pose
The lotus pose is the main asana of hatha yoga. In this position, the world-famous Buddha meditated. In Padmasana, Lahiri Mahasaya also loved to sit, the great yogi, about whom Paramahamsa Yogananda very vividly speaks in his Autobiography of Yoga. The lotus pose is the first asana in Hatha Yoga and the main position for lovers of Kriya Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Raja Yoga and other types of yoga with an emphasis on the work of consciousness. A person sitting in this position, having crossed his legs and laying his feet on opposite hips, remotely resembles a nut-bearing lotus. In honor of this exotic bush, the pose got its name.
The influence of lotus posture
Padmasana has a beneficial effect on the central nervous system and internal organs. In addition, sitting in the lotus position is important for maintaining (or restoring flexibility) of the joints (especially the knee and ankles) and for strengthening the lumbar muscles.
Master the lotus position
How long will it take to master padmasana? It all depends on your anatomical features, flexibility and willpower. If you have never squatted, did not pull up on the crossbar and walk only to your car and through the house, you can take several months to master this asana. If you are more or less agile and can sit down 20-30 times without much stress, it is quite possible that you will have to go to Padmasana for a week or two. How to sit in the lotus position? It's simple. Starting position for padmasana - sitting on the floor, withstraightened back. Bending one leg at the knee, place its foot on the opposite thigh. Then do the same with the other leg. The knees should be as close to the floor as possible, and the soles should look up. If you are not flexible enough to perform padmasana, work some time on developing the flexibility of the knee joints andankles.
Yoga with this pose (simhasana) has a healing effect on the upper respiratory tract and hearing. Also posture strengthens the vocal cords, neck muscles, abdominal muscles, helps to quickly relieve stress and physical fatigue.
"Pobsession with the lion "
This asana is simple to perform, but a bit eccentric. Here you need to imitate a furious lion - arching his chest, bulging eyes and sticking out his tongue. Sit on the floor with a soft blanket.
You should sit on your knees with your ankles under your hips. Drop your palms on your knees, spreading your fingers apart. Press your chin to your chest (it should be a “wheel” throughout the entire exercise), pulling the neck, straining your eyes so that they almost crawl out of their orbits. Inhale. Then exhale measuredly, opening your mouth wide and sticking out your tongue as much as possible. Now freeze and do not breathe seconds 4-5. On exhalation, the whole body should be as stressful as possible. If you have a sore throat - do simhasana 2-3 times in a row. Only two asanas - padmasana and simhasana - are guaranteed to help you maintain (as well as restore) the tone of the psyche, muscles and internal organs.