Straightens spine; calms mind; increases concentration.
1. Sit erect. Spread your legs in front of you into a V shape.
2. Bend the right leg as you bring the foot in toward the body and place it on the top of the opposite thigh.
3. Bring in the left foot the same way and place it on the top of the opposite thigh.
4. For the Half Lotus, called Ardha Padmasana, fold the left foot on the opposite thigh, and fold the right foot on the floor under the opposite leg.
Note: The lotus pose requires flexibility and should never be forced. Many people who have practiced yoga for years never acquire the flexibility for a full lotus. Pay attention to your knees in the lotus.