General advice

Some people find that this asana is most comfortable if the left leg is folded first; others, if the right leg is folded first. Experiment and find out for yourself which is most suitable.

Allow the shoulders to relax without raising or hunching them.

You may find this asana easier if you place a small cushion under the buttocks before assuming the final pose. Before sitting in padmasana we advise all people to loosen up their legs by practising the half butterfly and knee rotation exercises4. Do not force your legs into padmasana if they lack the necessary flexibility. Practise ardha padmasana instead.

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The Chakra Checklist

The Chakra Checklist

The chakras are described as being aligned in an ascending column from the base of the back to the top of the head. New Age practices frequently associate each chakra with a particular color.

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