Flowering Lotus Pose
Definition - What does Flowering Lotus Pose mean?
Flowering lotus pose is an intermediate seated hip-opener and balancing posture that prepares the body for deeper stretching poses.
From butterfly pose with the heels touching, the arms reach over the thighs and under the calves. The yogi then rocks back until balanced on the sit bones, and the hands take gyan mudra (thumb and forefinger touching).
A variation of the foundational lotus pose, flowering lotus pose is also called blooming lotus pose. In Sanskrit, it is known as vikasitakamalasana.
Yogapedia explains Flowering Lotus Pose
Flowering lotus pose is an excellent posture for meditation because it calms the mind and creates an atmosphere of peace. The pose is also believed to have these benefits:
- Eases anxiety and stress
- Stabilizes the body and stimulates the spine
- Improves focus and concentration
- Stretches the ankles, hips, glutes, hamstrings and knees
- Stimulates the reproductive organs
- Tones the abdominal muscles
- Boosts the immune system
- Improves kidney, bladder and urinary tract function
Yogis with knee or ankle injuries should avoid practicing flowering lotus pose.