Why is Padmasana the Best Posture for Meditation?
Out of eight hundred thousands of different postures (asana), yoga sutra mentions padmasana as the suitable posture for attaining enlightenment. This is the relevant posture for practicing pranayama and meditation according to the ancient text.
In ancient days, the sages and yogis used to sit in the padmasana posture for a prolonged period of time at ease during meditation. This seems like a tedious task for some of the modern practitioners and was suggested to sit in the posture which maintains a straight back as such as sitting in the chair. Few modern practitioners say that whatever the pose may be, meditation practices require only the straight back to ensure its benefits. But the real benefit relies only on meditating in the padmasana posture which has a deeply-rooted significance more than the philosophical explanations. Siddhasana is a powerful alternate for the padmasana posture for meditation practitioners who are having difficulties with that asana.
Significance of padmasana postures in meditation
It is the significance of the padmasana posture and not the coincidence that the carvings and the paintings are depicted in this unique posture. This is the ideal yoga posture for pranayama – breathing exercise and for the meditation. This asana is named after the lotus flower which is depicted as the spiritual flower where the deities are seated. We can see such images in the Indian painting of Gods and Goddesses.
The padmasana posture has a tripod shape and it is the sturdiest posture of the asanas. This similar shape has effect in the mode of receiving energy. This asana prevents the yogi from falling down during the surges of the pranic energy in the body. This also holds the erect back with the spinal cord effortlessly assuming its natural shape and position.
While on this asana the spinal cord retains the double ‘s’ shape which in turn increases the activity of prana. The three Nadis namely Sushumna, Ida and Pingala becomes active and the chakras in the Sushumna Nadi are effectively enriched with the energy.
Moreover, the palm of the legs is placed facing above which makes them receptive to the cosmic energy rather than becoming the conductor of the energy, as because it becomes receptive to the Earth when turned towards the Earth. In this meditation posture, the palm of the hands is also closed or placed facing opposite to the ground which is considered as the transmitter of energy. This is well-known in giving the blessings with the palms open to the receptor which can transmit the energy as can be seen in Indian ancient paintings and scriptures. (see How to Transmit Energy Through Hands? )
Sitting in the padmasana posture enhances the blood circulation throughout the body. The mind certainly calms down after the bombardment of the sequential thoughts which get slowly eradicated eventually. This makes the mind get focused and hence the concentration of the mind can be attained very easily.
As padmasana is the most stable posture, the body can remain firm and steady in this state for a long period. The mind also becomes steady and active which will prevent the aspirant from falling sleep or snooze during meditation rather than invoking a deep trance state.
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