Yoga Journal


When she’s feeling ungrounded or anxious, KK Ledford turns to one of yoga’s quintessential poses, Lotus. As the San Francisco–based Anusara instructor moves into this time-honored asana, she feels her femurs root, her groins settle, and her side body lift. Settling in, she finds her midline and visualizes her roots descending to the earth as the energy moves up and out of the top of her head. From this dance of stability and softness, a natural contentedness and calmness sweep over her. This powerful hip and heart opener completely shifts her energy. “I feel the earth is holding me,” she says. “And, from that place, I feel really balanced as a sense of freedom emerges from my heart.”

Lotus Pose (Padmasana) is considered by many to be an archetypal yoga posture. The arrangement of your hands and feet in the pose resembles the petals of a lotus flower—the blossom that grows from its base in the mud to rest above the water and open to the sun. The image is nothing less than a metaphor for the unfolding process of yoga. “A lotus is rooted in the mud, and when it grows, it blooms into a beautiful flower,” says Richard Rosen, a contributing editor and Bay Area yoga instructor. “In the same way, when a person begins yoga, they are rooted in the mud as part of the mundane world. But as they progress, they

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