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.