Ardha Padma Prapadasana or Half Lotus Tip Toe Pose

ardha padma prapadasana
English Name(s)
Half Lotus Tip Toe Pose
अर्धपद्मप्रपदासन / Ardha Padma Prapadasana
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Ardha: Half
Padma: Lotus
Pra: Forward or Before
Pada: Foot
Asana: Pose

Ardha Padma Prapadasana at a Glance

Ardha Padma Prapadasana, or Half Lotus Tip Toe Pose, is an intermediate and challenging yoga pose that requires a lot of strength, balance, and flexibility. It is a variation of Prapadasana, or Toe Balance Pose, in which one foot is bound in the half lotus position.


  • It helps to strengthen your hips, legs, and core muscles.
  • It helps to improve your balance and coordination.
  • It opens up your groin and stretches your hip flexors.
  • It improves your focus and concentration.

Who can do it?

This is an intermediate-level asana so, intermediate and advanced-level yoga practitioners can do this pose. People with good flexibility levels in their hips, ankles, and knees can do this asana. People who want to improve their balance, focus, and concentration levels can do this pose under the guidance of a yoga trainer.

Who should not do it?

People having injuries in their legs, hips, and ankles should avoid this pose. People having low blood pressure and high blood pressure should avoid doing this pose. If you have any recent surgery in your hips, legs, abdomen or pelvis should avoid doing this pose.

How to Do Ardha Padma Prapadasana?
Follow the Step-by-Step Procedure

In life, you always come across some difficult situations and you need to balance your mental and physical state and this applies to yoga asana as well. To do the Half-tip toe pose asana you need to balance and coordinate both your mental and physical strength and unfold your mental and physical powers.

  1. You have to start with the Tadasana pose (mountain pose), stand still in this pose take some deep breaths, gather in your energy, and bring your focus in line.
  2. Stand straight (spine straight), keep your shoulders relaxed, and keep your arms by your side of the body. Keep your calf, ankle, and thighs active and feel the strength.
  3. Inhale deeply keep your left foot stable slowly lift your right foot and bring it to your left hip (half lotus tree pose).
  4. Take a few gentle and deep breaths and keep yourself steady and balanced. Bring your hands to the heart center in the Namaste pose.
  5. Now exhale and keep a check over the balance, lower your hips bend your left knee gently lower your hips, and come down gradually toward the floor.
  6. sometimes you may lose your balance, but it’s ok and you can just support your body by placing your hands on the mat and taking a few breaths, gathering your focus and balance.
  7. Your balance is on the balls of the feet, slowly reach and rest your hips on the heel of the left foot, and gradually rest your left buttock on your left heel. Let your back be straight.
  8. As you are steady, if your hands are not in the heart center, then bring it back slowly. Now inhale and tuck your belly towards the spine, and see that your pelvic floor muscles and core are engaged.
  9. Lengthen your spine and keep your breath flowing. In the initial stages you may tumble but keep your focus and concentration on the pose and bring back your balance on eh left toes slowly.
  10. Stay here for 4 to 5 breaths or as per your comfort. Slowly inhale and exhale and release from the pose. Gently lift your hips and lift yourself. You can support yourself, with your finger on the mat.
  11. Come back to the half Lotus tree pose, relax and release the right leg and keep it on the floor, and come to the Tadasana pose and take a few relaxed breaths.
  12. Now you can repeat on the other side with the left leg on the right leg hip.
  13. This Pose can also be done by coming to the Malasana from the tadasana pose and balancing your body on the toes.
  14. Then bring your right knee on the floor and place your left heel on the right thigh Breathe in, lift your right knee from the floor, and balance your body on the right foot toes.
  15. Join your palms in the namaste pose keep your back straight and keep breathing.
  16. Stay for 3 to 4 breaths and gaze forward at a particular point.
  17. When you want to release, inhale and bring your right knee to the floor, release your left leg bring the left foot to the mat, and come back to the Malasana pose.
  18. Take some relaxed breaths and come back to the Tadasana pose.

What are the Benefits of Ardha Padma Prapadasana?

  • The Half lotus tip-toe pose helps to stimulate your root, Chakra.
  • It helps to strengthen your calves, ankles, thighs, knees, toes, and hips.
  • The Half lotus tip-toe pose helps to stretch the groin muscles, the hamstrings, and the foot muscles.
  • It helps to open up your hips and improves the flexibility of the leg joints.
  • This pose helps you to challenge your balance and coordination evenly, including your weight, and be stable on one foot.
  • While you do this pose, many muscles get engaged and activated while doing it which increases your balance and stability in your lower body.
  • The Half lotus tip-toe pose helps to improve your mental focus and concentration.
  • Mindful breathing in the Half lotus tip-toe pose helps to increase your body awareness and also improves your respiratory functions.

Health Conditions that Might Benefit from Ardha Padma Prapadasana

  • When practiced regularly, it stretches the piriformis muscle which helps in the sciatica pain.
  • People with lower back pain can practice this pose, which can help to reduce the lower back pain and improve the flexibility of their lower back and hips.
  • People with mild digestion issues can practice this pose as it massages the abdominal organs and reduces constipation and with better digestion process.
  • This pose can improve blood circulation and reduce the pain cramps, that occur during your menstrual cycle.
  • It is very beneficial for a sports person’s health as it helps to improve the balance, focus, stability, and strength of the lower part of the body.
  • People lacking self-confidence can practice this pose to boost their self-esteem and their self-confidence.
  • This can be good for your overall health as it has a combination of both physical and mental coordination and balance, which leads to better stability.

Safety and Precautions

  • Many safety precautions, need to be kept in mind while doing this pose.
  • Half lotus tip-toe pose should be avoided if you have any knee pain and ankle injuries.
  • People with any recent surgeries to their feet, ankles, hips, or abdomen should avoid this pose.
  • People with weak hips, knees, or ankles should avoid doing this pose.
  • People suffering from balance issues, headaches, dizziness, or any problem in breathing should avoid this pose.
  • Senior citizens should avoid doing this pose.
  • Pregnant women also should avoid doing the Half lotus tip-toe pose.
  • For the safer side, initially you can do this pose under the guidance of your yoga teacher.

Common Mistakes

  • Avoiding Warm-up and Preparatory poses could lead to injury.
  • Not properly placing your foot on the thigh of the other leg can lead to a sprain or any other discomfort.
  • Being distracted and not paying attention to your breath, can make it difficult to achieve the pose.
  • Not respecting your body signals and forcing yourself into the pose can be an issue for your body.
  • Avoid engaging your core, will not get you a balanced and stable pose.
  • Avoid closing your eyes in this pose.

Tips for Ardha Padma Prapadasana

  • Do some stretches and warmups to loosen your muscles.
  • Bind your foot properly in the half lotus pose.
  • Breathing is important to keep the pose stable and your body balanced.
  • Lengthen your spine, and keep your core muscles engaged.
  • Your shoulder blades should be down and relaxed.
  • Avoid hunching your back.
  • Keep your toes evenly on the floor and with a firm grip.
  • Keep your weight even on both hips in the final pose.
  • Gaze forward and a steady point and keep your head and neck in one line.
  • Maintain your breath and body balance.
  • Stop and come out of the pose if you feel any discomfort.

Physical Alignment Principals for Ardha Padma Prapadasana

  • First, come to the half-lotus tree pose.
  • Keep your right foot on the left thigh in the half lotus pose.
  • Balance on the left foot, should be in the center line for balancing the entire body.
  • Bend your left knee (standing leg) and bring your hips down balancing on the left ball of the foot.
  • Sit lengthening the spine and keep your chest open.
  • Hands should be in the prayer pose.
  • Gaze at a steady point to keep your balance.
  • The crown of your head should be towards the ceiling.
  • Draw your shoulder blades back and down.
  • Keep your core activated.
  • Shoulders away from the ear.
  • Press your palms together.
  • Foot is tucked in the hip crease.

Ardha Padma Prapadasana and Breath

Breath plays a very important role in the Ardha Padma Prapadasana. Breath helps to maintain balance and stability. Inhale deeply lift your left foot and bring it on the right thigh and balance on the right foot, with coordination of your breath. Be stable here and breathe and exhale and bring your hips down by bending your right knee. Continue your breath and be mindful bring your hands to the prayer pose and keep breathing. Mindful breathing and the movement of the pose help to prevent distractions and focus on the pose for better stability.

Ardha Padma Prapadasana and Variations

  • Padmasana or Lotus pose is one of the variations.
  • Ardha Padmasana pose.
  • Toe stand pose.
  • Ardha Baddha Padma Padangusthasana, the placing of the hip on the balancing feet, the locking of the other feet at the hip joint.
  • Ardha Padma Vrksasana or the Half Lotus Tree Pose
  • Ardha Padma Prapadasana with the support of the wall.
  • Half lotus poses variation, bending forward.
  • For more challenging variations, try closing your eyes in the full version.
  • Ardha Padma Prapadasana with the help of blocks supporting your hands on both sides.
  • Ardha Padma Prapadasana, supporting your standing knee and the bent knee with a block.

The Bottom Line

Practicing this challenging pose can help you maintain and enhance your balance and stability and also improve your focus and concentration. It helps strengthen your hips, thighs, legs, and ankles. It strengthens your abdominal and pelvic muscles. This has many benefits but keep your health in check and practice accordingly or consult your health care professional.

The warm-up and preparatory pose is mandatory for this pose. Respect your body and choose the variations or take the help of the props accordingly. Initially do it under the guidance of the yoga teacher for a better alignment procedure and a safe pose. Breath will be your guide throughout the pose and this will keep you away from stress and anxiety and increase body awareness, and ease out the nervous system, with regular practice.

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Meera Watts
Meera Watts is the owner and founder of Siddhi Yoga International. She is known worldwide for her thought leadership in the wellness industry and was recognized as a Top 20 International Yoga Blogger. Her writing on holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, CureJoy, FunTimesGuide, OMtimes and other international magazines. She got the Top 100 Entrepreneur of Singapore award in 2022. Meera is a yoga teacher and therapist, though now she focuses primarily on leading Siddhi Yoga International, blogging and spending time with her family in Singapore.

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