What is PadmaSadhna?

Usually when one thinks of a lotus, what comes to mind? A fully blossomed flower, where each petal is opening up to the sky. Now observe where does the lotus originate from? Mud. Yet, the lotus remains unstained and untouched by the pond. Imagine if we could also be like the lotus flower – untouched by day-to-day events and blossom with love and joy. Padma Sadhana is a practice that could make such blossoming possible. Designed by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, this beautiful yoga practice comprises a simple sequence of yoga postures, Nadi Shodhan breathing technique (pranayama), and meditation

Unlock your potential with Padma Sadhana

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says doing PadmaSadhana gives you access to your inner strength. When practiced daily, this 45-minute sequence of yoga poses can lead to a calmer mind, healthier body and more peace. This set of graceful yoga asanas (postures) helps prepare the body and mind for deeper meditation. One of the key tips is to stay relaxed throughout the practice. Doing Padma Sadhana before Sudarshan Kriya enhances your experience, so that you remain uplifted throughout the day, untouched by the mud around you.

‘Padma’ means lotus and ‘Sadhana’ is your effort. This practice should therefore be as effortless and light as a lotus. Sadhana is the gentle nudge to get on to the mat and Padma is the unfurling of your potential, layer by layer. Together, Padma Sadhana can help you blossom from within through the practice of yoga postures.

5 Elements for a blissful Padma Sadhana

According to the Agama tradition*, it is believed that the Devi (Goddess) sits on a five-layered seat or asana. The base of this seat is a tortoise, which represents stability. Stability alone is not enough. You need awareness also. So the second layer is the snake, which represents awareness. Awareness can lead to activity in the mind. So above the snake sits the lion, which symbolizes grace. Above the lion sits the Siddha, the perfect sage. And above the perfect sage sits the lotus, the symbol of full blossoming. When our yoga postures have all these five qualities – stability, awareness, grace, perfection and full blossoming, then the divinity dawns in us and that is Padma Sadhana.

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You can learn how to do Padma Sadhana at Advanced Meditation Program and DSN program

The weight loss factor!

Besides its mental and emotional benefits, the PadmaSadhana is designed for a complete body workout. The long holds in to the poses leads to a firmer body. The workout takes around 20 minutes of your time but the intensity of the workout is such that it works on the body post 20 minutes and helps to burn a few calories post the workout.

Benefits of Practicing Padma Sadhana:

  1. Brings strength and flexibility to the body.
  2. Improves sleep quality and immune functioning.
  3. Helps relieve stress, relax and energize the system
  4. Brings mental clarity and emotional stability.
  5. Improves overall health and creativity

Padma Sadhana is a deep and effective practice that helps one to calm the chattering mind and bring it to the present moment where each and every cell of the body can get energized and recharged. It also results in increasing the sattva in one’s being. Sattva is a quality of positivity, enthusiasm and harmony.It promotes good health and happiness amongst the individual if practiced regularly.

Make PadmaSadhana a part of your daily morning and evening yoga practice and unlock your inner energy.

*Agama tradition is the traditional form of community temple worship.

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