Caution

Under no circumstances should you use excessive force to try to sit in any ofthese asanas. Be patient and wait for the leg muscles to stretch and become more flexible over a period of time. Strain will only cause more harm than good.

PADMASANA (LOTUS POSE)

This is one of the best meditative asanas. The sitting position itself is conducive to physical and mental calmness. At first it is quite difficult for most people to perform, and uncomfortable if held for more than a few minutes. However, with practice this asana will prove far more comfortable than the simpler sitting positions, such as veerasana and sukhasana. It holds the trunk of the body and the head as though they are a pillar, with the legs as its firm foundation. This asana almost automatically makes one want to be still. It is with good reason that Buddha is usually depicted in this pose.

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