No Mud, No Lotus: Urdhva Padmasana in Sirsasana (Upward Lotus in Headstand)

“No mud, no lotus.” – Thich Nhat Hahn

Urdhva Padmasana in Sirsasana (Upward Lotus in Headstand, 6* on the scale of difficulty) requires a consistent and strong Padmasana and Salamba Sirsasana I practice. Even then, the pose proves quite challenging. Placing the legs in Padmasana while in a Headstand makes balancing tricky, and extending the thighs up as far as you can seems daunting.

Thich Nhat Hahn often says, “No mud, no lotus.” Just as the lotus rises from the mud, so our most triumphant moments on the mat bloom from challenging experiences. Finding the openness in the hips and knees necessary to do Padmasana can require years of thoughtful practice. Unlocking the courage and strength to balance in Salamba Sirsasana I without the wall can take tremendous faith and determination.

The experiences you have moving into Padmasana and Salamba Sirsasana I, no matter how difficult, will be the rich mud from which you can rise into Urdhva Padmasana in Sirsasana. If all parts of this pose seem daunting, start from the ground up. Explore Padmasana and Salamba Sirsasana I as preparation, knowing that the hard work you do within those poses will help you triumphantly bloom your lotus skyward.

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