Ardha Padmasana

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Ardha Padmasana Mean?

Ardha padmasana is an intermediate variation of padmasana, the yoga posture often used for meditation. The name is derived from the Sanskrit ardha, meaning “half,” padma, meaning “lotus,” and asana, meaning “pose.”

In this pose, one leg is folded in so that the foot touches the inner thigh of the opposite leg. Then the other leg bends in, the foot lifts up, and is placed on the opposite thigh. The hands may rest on the knees, thighs or lap.

Ardha padmasana is also known as half lotus pose in English.

Ardha Padmasana


Yogapedia Explains Ardha Padmasana

Ardha padmasana is an ideal posture from which to practice pranayama (breath control), dharana (concentration) and dhyana (meditation). It keeps the body upright, while the position of the legs allow the posture to feel stable, supported and balanced. This asana allows the body to remain still for long periods of time so that the mind can focus. Practice of this pose will cultivate greater awareness and mindfulness, which has significant benefits for mental and emotional well-being.

In Kundalini yoga, ardha padmasana is highly regarded because it keeps the spine straight, which allows the energy of kundalini to rise, clearing any blockages.

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