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Lotus

Background to the Lotus

It is called the lotus pose because the position of the feet in the pose resemble lotus petals. This pose provides a firm base on which to sit for meditation as the spine is allowed to straighten to an erect position. There is a theory in yoga that during meditation all body energies should be conserved for the meditation process, so the points at which energy usually escapes should be conserved or sealed. Energy, it is thought usually escapes through the soles of the feet and through the palms of the hands and fingers, so by crossing the feet on the thighs energy is conserved. This is also why the fingers of both hands touch and are placed on the knees. This pose promotes suppleness in the legs and ankles.