Utthita Padmasana

Definition - What does Utthita Padmasana mean?

Utthita padmasana is an intense balancing version of the foundational yoga asana known as padmasana, or lotus pose. From Sanskrit, utthita means “elevated” or “extended,” padma means “lotus” and asana means “posture” or “pose.”

Practice of this asana begins in padmasana. Then the palms are placed on the ground and the arms straightened until the body lifts off the ground. The dristhi (gaze) is forward and fixed.

Utthita padmasana is also known in English as elevated lotus pose.

Yogapedia explains Utthita Padmasana

Utthita padmasana may also be called tulasana (balance pose) or tolasana (scale pose).

Traditionally, utthita padmasana is believed to open the muladhara (root) chakra, creating a sense of stability, security and grounding. An open muladhara also improves concentration and sets the foundation for activating the other chakras.

Because of the physical balancing this asana requires, it helps to improve the balance between mind and body. It, therefore, is beneficial for relieving anxiety, reducing stress and calming the mind. Utthita padmasana also teaches acceptance and patience.

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