Elevated Lotus Pose

Definition - What does Elevated Lotus Pose mean?

Elevated lotus pose is a variation of lotus pose, one of yoga's foundational postures, and requires both upper body strength and balance.

To practice elevated lotus, begin in the basic lotus pose. From there, place the palms on the ground alongside the hips and straighten the arms until the body lifts off the ground. The gaze, or drishti, should be forward and fixed.

Elevated lotus pose is also known by its Sanskrit name, utthita padmasana.

Yogapedia explains Elevated Lotus Pose

Elevated lotus pose may also be known as scale pose. In addition to improving balance and upper body strength, elevated lotus is said to offer the following benefits:

  • Reduces stress and calms the mind
  • Relieves anxiety
  • Strengthens the abdominal muscles
  • Improves the digestive system

Scale pose can be modified if lotus pose is not attainable, by practicing in half lotus instead. This variation is almost the same posture, except that the lower leg remains on the mat, which helps to practice the feeling of the full pose without placing excessive strain on the body. Beginners may further modify this pose by using yoga blocks under the palms to help with the lifting portion of the pose.

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