Urdhva Padmasana, Padmasana is done with the headstand (Sheershasana). There are two techniques for the performance of this asana.
Technique 1 :
- First attain the posture of Sheershasana.
- Slowly bend the right leg and place it on the left thigh.
- Then place the left leg on the right thigh.
- Do this exercise slowly and very carefully.
- Those who are able to stay in the position of Sheershasana for ten to fifteen minutes should only try to perform this asana, otherwise there is a possibility of falling down.
Technique 2 :
- Keep the head on the ground.
- Place the palms on the ground one on each side of the head at some distance from the head.
- Raise the body keeping the balance on the hands.
- Attain Padmasana and bring the crossed legs vertically in line with the head.
- Initially, Urdhva Padmasana should be practiced with the support of a wall.
- Some physical strength is required for the practice of this asana.
- One who can balance the body On the ground Without any support can perform this asana smoothly.
- Inhale through the nose while practicing this asana and never inhale through the mouth.
- Practice this asana for five to ten minutes at the start. Increase the time gradually.
Note : The practice of this asana should be preceded by Pranayama.
Advantages of Urdhva Padmasana :
- This asana has all the advantages of Sheershasana and Padmasana. One who practices this asana achieves the perfect control of the body.
- It strengthens the brain by supplying it with an abundant flow of blood. This in turn increases the power of meditation and sharpens the intellect.
- It improves the eyesight and removes the weakness of the ears, the chest, the heart and other organs.
- It supplies arterial blood to all the internal glands with the result that they function efficiently.
- It strengthens and nourishes all the muscles, bones and sense organs.