Urdhva Padmasana

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.

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