Closed Lotus Pose

Definition - What does Closed Lotus Pose mean?

Closed lotus pose is a challenging and advanced version of lotus pose.

To enter closed lotus pose, begin in lotus pose with the heels touching the lower abdomen. Then the arms are crossed behind the back, catching the opposite side's big toes with the fingers. In the full expression of the posture, the spine is lengthened and the body can be folded into a forward bend. Beginners should stay in the pose for one or two minutes, eventually increasing to 10 minutes over time.

The Sanskrit name for closed lotus pose is bandha padmasana.

Yogapedia explains Closed Lotus Pose

Unlike lotus pose, closed lotus pose is not a meditation posture. It is a challenging posture to strengthen and stretch the body.

Closed lotus pose is considered very beneficial for the body in a number of ways. As well as cultivating all of the physical benefits of lotus pose, it is thought to:

  • Strengthen the knee and ankle joints through weight bearing
  • Overcome any weakness in the heart, lungs, stomach and liver
  • Cure indigestion and stomach ache by stimulating digestion
  • Strengthens back muscles and opens the chest
  • Improves the posture

This is an advanced posture and should only be attempted once full lotus pose can be comfortably achieved.

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