Prepare your body for lotus pose with these yoga poses.
Some yogis might say that Lotus pose is one of the most important and useful asanas. It increases flexibility and builds character. It also helps to alleviate stiffness in your ankles and knees. But it takes time to prepare your body for Lotus since it requires more advanced flexibility.
There are a few poses that prove quite useful to prepare your body for Lotus pose. Practice the sequence below and in no time you’ll be flexible enough to safely go into Lotus on your own.
By Nichol Chase
1. Janu Sirsasana (Head to Knee Pose)
This pose requires full flexion of your knee joint and stretches through your hips to open them for Lotus Pose.
2. Agnistambhasana (Fire Log Pose)
Practice this pose to increase external rotation in your hips over time. That rotation is needed for comfort and safety in Lotus Pose.
3. Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana (Half Bound Lotus Seated Forward Bend)
This pose further stretches the hips, and begins to introduce Lotus Pose to your body.
4. Ardha Padmasana (Half Lotus Pose)
In Half Lotus Pose you’ll continue to stretch your hips and prepare your body for full Lotus Pose. As the name suggests, you’re halfway there!
5. Padmasana (Lotus Pose)
Now that you’re warm and your body is prepped, it’s time to try full Lotus Pose. Remember: if you feel pain at any point, stop. This pose will come to you in time.
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