Do you want to learn a new trick to show off to friends? Are you just starting to learn Yoga or Buddhism? Whatever your answer is, learning the Lotus position is just one more step to reaching a healthier lifestyle.
When learning the lotus position, it is always best to start at a young age, but as that is often not the case, constant stretching and practicing will help you achieve the perfect form. Before beginning, first stretch your body, paying close attention to your thighs and hips. Doing quad stretches (flamingo pose) and hip flexors may help. When you are done stretching, sit on the ground or mat so you won't injure yourself by falling from a higher area.
The Lotus position
There are two ways of doing the lotus position. For one way, begin by taking your left foot, and placing it over your right thigh. This position is known as the half lotus position. Then, take your right foot, cross it over your left leg and place it on your left thigh. This results in the full lotus position. The alternate method is to place your right foot over your left thigh instead and then complete the position by placing your left foot over your right thigh. In some beliefs, the first method is used exclusively for males, while the second method is used for females. If your book or instructor does not specify, use whatever method is most comfortable for you.
For most people, it is not possible to do the lotus position on their first try. Continuous practice can help you achieve better results. Always start with the half lotus position and try stretching your other foot over it. The stretching of your body may hurt initially, but over time, the pain will gradually lessen. One way of stretching is to go into the half lotus position, then press on the knees gently, and then alternate with the other leg. Do not overstretch yourself and cause injury!
In the lotus position, people are said to resemble the lotus flower, a sacred plant. This position is said to encourage the proper breathing associated with meditative practice, and also fosters physical stability. Once you've mastered this position, there are more advanced positions you can try out. You can attempt to lift yourself by placing your arms on each side of your legs, and then try to lift yourself up for as long as possible. You will have to use your abs and arm muscles to do so.