Urdhva means above, high. Padma means a lotus. In this Sarvangasana variation, the legs, instead of being kept straight up, are bent at the knees and crossed so that the right foot rests on the left thigh and the left foot on the right thigh as in the lotus pose. (Plate 53)
1. From Salamba Sarvangasana, bend the legs at the knees and cross them. First place the right foot over the left thigh, and then the left foot over the right thigh.
4. Uncross the legs, return to Salamba Sarvangasana and repeat the pose by first placing the left foot over the right thigh and then the right foot over the left thigh. Stay for an equal length of time in all these positions as in the earlier ones.
1. From Urdhva Padmasana in Sarvangasana (Plate 122), exhale, bend and lower the crossed legs from the hips towards the head.
2. Rest the legs over the head. (Plate 123)
3. Remain in this position from 20 to 30 seconds with normal breathing and go back to Urdhva Padmasana in Sarvangasana.
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