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Know your asana: Gupta Padmasana

Gupta Padmasana requires hip flexibility. This asana has a positive influence upon the entire spine. Especially good for a rounded back. This asana is also called the “Hidden lotus” as the feet are hidden under the body.

What is so special about Gupta Padmasana?

This asana makes the legs more supple and helps us in sitting in Padmasana for longer periods. It corrects the postural alignment of the spine.

Chakra-wise

Swadhisthana chakra is stimulated in this asana. The sacral chakra is instrumental in developing flexibility in our life. Motivated by pleasure, it’s the driving force for the enjoyment of life through the senses. Whether it’s auditory, through taste, touch, or sight. A balanced swadhisthana allows us to feel the world around and in us. And it is the foundation of our feeling of well-being.

Benefits of  Gupta Padmasana

  1. Strong spine: As the spine is extended and the chest is opened, the vertebrae column in aligned and strengthened.
  2. Better breathing capacity: As the chest is opened, the lungs can take in more oxygen. Thereby ensuring optimum functioning of the respiratory system.
  3.  Flexible lower body: The asana stretches all the muscles in the leg and thighs.
  4. Improves upper back flexibility: While ensuring the shoulders are straight (rather than rounded), the shoulders and arm flexibility is increased.
  5. Improves posture

Pro-tip

Stretch your lower back and drop the torso lower.

Contra-indications

Avoid incase of pain in the hips, knees or shoulders. Skip, when there are cervical spine problems.

Padmasana is the basic requirement in many postures. But, if you are unable to sit in lotus, you can sit crossed leg or keep the legs straight, depending on the asana. Like, we have said again and again, Yoga is for every body. But, it is not “One size fits all.” Thus, feel free to explore and try variations. Do what’s best for your body!! 🙂 🙂 

Iti Jain

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ItI jain

Yogi. Blogger. Storyteller After, a decade of being a fitness enthusiast and various trial and errors with corporate jobs and teaching (post a PG degree in Management).


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