Ah, Lotus Pose. Padmasana. The pose you think of when you think of yoga. The pose that is elusive to many though it looks like it should. just. be. so. easy.
Thanks to Jason Crandell, it eventually will be. His four part tutorial on Lotus will get you ready, help you develop approaches, and ease you step-by-step into the pose. Here are each of the four classes, ready when you are:
Lotus Pose Tutorial: Part One – The first episode of our 4-part practice and tutorial dedicated to developing lotus pose (padmasana). You will emphasize opening your inner-groins and learn how to fold your legs into lotus with greater safety, comfort and skill (read, your knees will probably be much, much happier with this approach). Of course, you will also open your outer-hips and glide through a couple of sun-salutations and relevant standing poses.
Lotus Pose Tutorial: Part Two – The second episode of our 4-part practice and tutorial dedicated to developing lotus pose (padmasana). In this segment you will prepare for lotus by focusing on opening your outer-hips and deep hip-rotators. You will also learn a second way to approach folding your legs into lotus. And, again, you will work on a few relevant standing poses, open your inner-groins, and drop into a few sun salutations (I even sneak a couple of mellow backbends into this one!)
Lotus Pose Tutorial: Part Three – The third episode of our 4-part practice and tutorial dedicated to developing lotus pose (padmasana). In this practice you will prepare for lotus with a combination of outer-hip and inner-groin opening. And, here’s how this practice is significantly different from episodes 1 and 2: you will do quite a bit of deep opening while laying on your back. You will develop an even more refined understanding of the neuro-muscular pattern of lotus by working on folding your legs without using your hands. A third method of coming into lotus is presented.
Lotus Post Tutorial: Part Four – The last episode of our 4-part practice and tutorial dedicated to developing lotus pose (padmasana). Now that you’ve developed steadiness and ease in lotus, what’s next (other than sitting quietly, of course)? This sequence is your answer. After practicing several deep hip and groin openers you will transition into a series of half and full-lotus variations, including lotus in handstand.