From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Padmāsana literally means ‘the lotus-posture’.

The padmāsana is a posture recommended in the works on Haṭhayoga for meditation. In this posture, one has to sit with both the legs crossed to resemble a full-bloomed lotus.[1] It is said to destroy all the diseases. Many images in temples, in the āsīna or sitting postures, are in the padmāsana pose.


  1. Lotus means padma.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math,