Ardha Padma Sarvangasana

Definition - What does Ardha Padma Sarvangasana mean?

Ardha padma sarvangasana is an inversion that is a combination of ardha padmasana, a basic meditative posture, and sarvangasana, known as the mother of all poses. The name is derived from the Sanskrit, ardha, meaning “half,” padma, meaning “lotus,” sarva, meaning “all,” and anga meaning “limb.”

From salamba sarvangasana, the legs are crossed in half lotus. The pose is held for a cycle of six to eight breaths then repeated by switching the crossed the legs. The drishti is toward the sky for this pose.

Ardha padma sarvangasana may also be referred to in English as half lotus in shoulder stand pose.

Yogapedia explains Ardha Padma Sarvangasana

Traditionally, ardha padma sarvangasana is believed to activate the visuddha (throat) chakra. This chakra enhances speech, listening, higher understanding and authentic expression. The asana is also thought to open the sahasrara (crown) chakra, which is associated with enlightenment, insight, wisdom and the divine Self. Activating sahasrara chakra through ardha padma sarvangasana helps the yogi reject materialism and grow spiritually.

Additional benefits of ardha padma sarvangasana include:

  • Encourages truthful communication
  • Calms the mind
  • Promotes pure joy and fulfillment

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