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The Namaskara Practice in Yoga Practice

In Yoga too we find a similar practice which is referred to as the Padma Namaskara or the Lotus Salutation. This compassion-inspired practice became entrenched in Yoga with the incorporation of the Buddha's teaching on cultivating a wholesome mental self-culture. Hitherto, Yoga focused essentially on developing and fine-tuning the physical body.



The aim of the Padma Namaskara is to include the purification of the mind in Yoga. This was introduced by including the cultivation of the wholesome qualities the lotus personifies through meditation practice, as succinctly taught by the Buddha. The element of meditation practice of purifying the mind has since been traditionally observed, at the end of a Yoga session, in order to still the mind.