Padmasana or the Lotus Pose is one of the recommended seating posture to do Pranayama practice, especially for women. This position provides a well supported seat which allows the practitioner to have a good control of the lower abdomen which is important in the practice of Pranayama.
As in any other asana, the principle of Patanjali Yoga Sutra’s “sthira sukham asana” – an Asana should be stable and comfortable – should always be observed, making sure that you can maintain the seated Padmasana long enough while practicing the whole round of Pranayama.
What is Pranayama?
The second phrase of the Patanjali Yoga Sutra, Yogascittavrttinirodhah, states that the purpose of Yoga is to channelize the fluctuation of the mind. Since the movement of the breath is closely related to the movement of the mind, it is then perceived that when you can control your breath, you can then control your mind.
When the breathing stops, the mind stops.
Pranayama is more than a simple breathing exercise, and it is not the same as, for example, deep breathing. The practice of Pranayama, which trains one’s ability to prolong and control the physical act of breathing, is deeply therapeutic, and can be considered as a tool to help an individual bring about physical health, increased awareness, calmness and clarity over one’s mind.
“We go through the breath to channelize the behavior of the mind (citta vrtti)” – O.P Tiwari
Helsinki, 8 October 2017