Padmasana (Yoga Exercise)


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Padma means lotus in Sanskrit, in this .asana position of the legs look like blooming lotus. This asana has been given a great importance in the Yogashastra as it is best suited for Pranayam, Meditation & concentration.
Pre position: Sitting Position as shown in the 1st. picture.

How to do this (step by step):
1. Spread both the legs and keep them at a distance of 1 to 1.5 feet.
2. Bend left leg in knee and place its toe on the right thigh and heel on the groin of the left leg.
3. Bend right leg in knee and place its toe on the left thigh and heel on the groin of the right leg.
4. Keep the wrists of both the hands on the respective knees and take Dnyana Mudra. Continue normal breathing.

Position In this asana: the position of the body is stabilized. Keep the backbone erect and sight straight. If the hands are long then slightly bend those in elbows. There should not be any strain on any of the muscles.
Releasing (step by step)

1. Bring the hands beside the waist.
2. Straighten the right leg in the knee.
3. Straighten the left leg in the knee.
4. Get both the legs together, take the sitting posture.

Duration: Within 10 to 12 days’ practice of this asana(exercise), one can maintain this asana for 10 minutes. After more practice this period can be increased to 2 to 3 hours. Sitting for long in this asana alone can make one experience the pleasure of this asana.
Benefits:As the backbone is kept erect in this asana, its functioning is greatly improved. Dnyana Mudra further helps in stabilizing pulse beats. Consequently strain on muscles is reduced, which in turn reduces strain on heart.
Also breathing slows down, collective effect of all this is one can achieve concentration of mind.
Precaution: This asana is very simple and anyone can practice.

Reference Book:- Yoga Pravesh

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Ailmemts & Remedies

Anorexia (loss of appetite)

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Anorexia means loss of appetite. It is a symptom of disturbed digestion and common results from failure of activity of the stomach and secretion of gastric juices due to low vitality which, in turn, can be due to various causes. & see

Person suffering from this disease may refuse to eat .Generally they suffer from Insomnia also. Root causes :

People suffer from anorexia when they habitually take a faulty diet and hardly do any physical work. It may cause from physical stress and strain. It also can be caused by mental or domestic worry, emotional disturbances. Difficult working condition and nervous disorder also may cause Anorexia. General body disorder and diseases also lead to this condition.

Person suffering from this disease may refuse to eat .
Generally they suffer from Insomnia also.

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Herbs Help to heal the desease: Lime, Ginger, Garlic, Orange and Apple

Ayurvedic Supplements : Agnitundi Bati, Kshudhakari Bati and Amalki Rasayan (Link to buy in internet)

Diet : The only effective treatment of anorexia is thorough cleansing of the digestive tract, and adoption of the sensible diet thereafter, along with a change in the style of living .To begin with the patients should fast on orange juice and water for first three to five days. After the juice diet the patient may adopt a all fruit diet for a further five days, taking three meals a day of juicy fruits, such as apples, pears, grapes, oranges, pineapple, peaches at five hourly intervals. Thereafter he may adopt a restricted diet of easily digestible foods, consisting of lightly cooked vegetables, juicy fruits, and buttermilk for about ten days.

Lifestyle : During the first three to five days of the juice fast, the bowels should be cleansed with a warm water enema each day. The poisonous matter will thus be eliminated by this self – cleansing process.

YOGA: The Lotus (Padma Asana),Basic Breathing (Pranayama) & Vajrasana
(It is always adviced to practice YOGA under the guidance of an expart for beginers)
The Lotus (Padma Asana)
Benefits of the asana

Effective For liver disorder (hidden lotus)

Lotus warm-ups

Practising these bhadrasana poses will help you to achieve the lotus. Sit with spine erect and soles of the feet together, heels close to the body. For the Ankle-knee pose, press your knees forward with a straight back. For the Butterfly, right, clasp your feet and move your knees up and down.

The lotus:
To assume the Lotus position, start by sitting with your legs out in a “V” shape in front of you, with spine erect. Bend one knee and bring the foot in, placing it high on the thigh. Now bring the second foot in. If you place it under the opposite thigh, you form the Half Lotus
The Half lotus(Ardha Palmasan) which is easier at first, and can be used for meditation and pranayama until your legs are more supple. For the full Lotus, you lift the second leg in over the first placing the foot high on the opposite thigh. In the classic Lotus, the left leg is on top, and the knees touch the floor.

Basic Breathing (Pranayama)

Yogic breathing or pranayaam revitalises the body steadies the emotion and creats great clarity of the mind. Yoga breathing exercises are performed sitting down with the spine neck and head in a straight line in the lotus pose.

Kalpabhati is a kriyas of purification besides being a pranayama. The forced exhalation rids the lower lungs of the stale air making way for a fresh intake of oxygen rich air in cleansing the entire respiratory system. This is a wonderfully invigorating exercise to begin your pranayam. By increasing the amount of oxygen in the body its effect is to clear the mind and improve concentration.



Effective for cardiovascular problems.
To clear the mind and improve the concentration
Description of the asana

Sit in ardha padmasana (lotus )–But if you have knee ache,sit on a bench or chair.Keep the feet crossed on a rug or a carpet.
Take two normal breaths.
Inhale, Now exhale, pulling in your abdomen and inhale, relaxing your abdomen.
Repeat 20 times, keeping a steady rhythm and emphasising the exhalation each time.
Inhale fully and hold your breathe as long as you can.
Slowly exhale.
Anuloma Viloma

In this alternate nostril breathing exercise, you inhale through one nostril, retain the breath, then exhale through the other nostril in a ratio of 2:8:4. If you are really healthy, you the will breathe predominantly through the Ida nostril for about one hour and fifty minutes, then through the other nostril. But in many people this natural rhythm is disturbed. Anuloma Viloma restores an equal flow, balancing the flow of prana in the body.

Description of the asana

Close your right nostril with your thumb and keeping it closed breathe in through the left nostril counting up to four.
Hold your breath and count to sixteen while opening the right nostril and closing your left with your third finger.
Breathe out slowly through the right nostril to a counterfiet.
Repeat the exercise but breathe in through the right nostril and out through the left.

It’s a kind of meditation which improves concentration memory and confidence. This extended exhalation makes it a very beneficial exercise for pregnant women, in preparation for labour. Sometimes known as the humming breath, Brahmari also gives a sweet clear voice and is highly recommended for singers.

Description of the asana
To practise Brahmari

You partially close the glottis as you inhale through both nostrils, making a snoring sound
Then exhale slowly, humming like a bee.
The inhalation clears and vibrates the throat area.
Humming while you breathe out, enables you to spin out the breath and make a longer exhalation.
You should repeat Brahmari five to ten times.


1. It ensures digestion and
prevents excess wind formation.

Those suffering from knee pain should not practise this asana.

Description of the asana

1. Sit on your knees keeping them together.

2. Draw both toes together, and with heels apart, sit on them.
Keep your hands straight on the respective knees.

3. Breathe normally with your spine straight. Relax your hands
and release the legs

4. Now lie on your back or stretch your legs in front with hands
at the back and relax.

5. Take rest for 10 counts and repeat.

6. Do this two times.