Gupta Padmasana

Intermidate

Prone Asanas

Gupta Padmasana

Hidden Lotus Pose

(gup-ta-pad-ma-sun)

Meaning: gupta= hidden / padma = lotus

Muscle and Joints:

Preparation

Sit in Padmasana, and place your hands on the floor at your sides. Inhale, exhale and relax.

Getting into position

Using your hands, raise your buttocks and come up onto your knees (still with legs in Padmasana). Inhale. Exhaling, walk your hands forward and lower the pelvis and torso to the floor. Hold for a few moments to allow the body to adjust. Inhale. Exhaling, relax deeper. Place your palms together behind your back in Namaste Mudra (Prayer Seal), fingers pointing toward your head. Rest your chin on the floor. Hold with normal breathing for around 30 seconds.

Coming out of position

Relax the arms. Place the palms under the shoulders. Inhaling, lift the body on the knees and go into Padmasana. Uncross the legs one at a time. Inhale, exhale and relax.

Tips

  • Do not stiffen your muscles; relax all tense muscles first before going down, especially the glute and thigh muscles.
  • If needed, in the final position, keep the abdominal muscles and buttocks engaged to protect the lower back.

Precautions

Avoid

If you have severe/chronic wrist, back, knee, or ankle problems.

Be careful

If you have wrist, neck, shoulder, or hip issues.

Benefits

General

  • Opens the hips; stretches shoulders and back.
  • It helps correct spinal posture.
  • Relieves migraines.

Therapeutic

It helps to correct postural defects of the spine.

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