Possibly one of the most recognized poses in yoga, Lotus Pose or Padmasana is often used at the beginning or end of yoga classes to create stillness and moments for reflection. Despite its popularity, lotus pose is an advanced posture which, if performed incorrectly, can cause real damage to your knees and joints. Follow the tips below for a safe and successful lotus pose.
In a seated position with your legs out straight, bring your right knee and hug it towards your chest to open your hip. Gently place your ankle in the crease of your left hip. Next, bend your left knee and repeat on the other side to bring your leg on top of the other. Push your groins toward the floor and sit straight up. Finally rest your hands on your knees with the palms facing up, connecting the thumb and index finger to make a circle.