"New resolution for this year: being completely comfortable in full lotus pose. It took quite a long time but it just happened with yesterday morning practice, sooner than expected actually".
This is a challenging asana for many and I know it can often feel disheartening but we can't rush it or we'll damage our knees, so hard to be patient sometimes. What we can do is work on the external rotation of our hips, focus on Janu sirsasana and the konasana's but especially make the most of the standing sequence, everything happens in the standing sequence, we should never feel it's something to get over and done with so we can move on to the 'real asana', the standing sequence is as real as it gets......
I thought a 'success' story might be welcome and asked Khoi Kevin Pham if he would say something more about the process of working towards padmasana, how long it took etc. Here's his generous response.
It's there but not there yet It takes quite some preparation to carefully get into the pose then once in it's not fully comfortable yet... Need more practice
I wish that I kept a good blog about this journey like you do so well. Everyone's body is different so I can only speak for my case.
One year and half ago, my hips, thighs and hamstrings were pretty tight: when in half lotus, my knee pointed up to the ceiling and was at least 16 inches off the floor such that some friends look at it and call the situation "pathetic"
In the first year or so I struggled with sharp knees pain, limping, tried different techniques, frustrated, disappointed, stop/start/skip, going around in circle and moving nowhere ...
Chuck Miller probably said it the best
"there are is good hard work and there is stupid hard work"
...and my first year can be categorized as the latter That being said, I would not disregard as wasted because it triggered for a drastic change on how I had been approaching it that finally led to about 6 months ago a sort of "breakthrough" where I don't feel any pain after the practice, uncomfortable during practice yes but no pain after and that is so so nice
I would say many factors contributed to it:
1) it takes time and practice to finally understand the theory learned and advise gathered from various sources, what works and what does not for me
2) come into realization that no one else understands my body better then myself because some day's it's my outer thighs that I need to work on and other day it's the opposite inner thighs that I need to relax
3) develop more awareness on what I'm doing and what I'm feeling
4) learn to let go and let go of any time frame attachment and simply enjoy the practice
5) the body was being transformed so the process takes time and patience. I didn't even bother trying to put myself into full lotus everyday; once in the blue moon, I would try it to see... then it happened a few days ago to my surprise, where I can feel some degree of easiness and relaxation while in the pose
I would say that once one sorts out whatever tightness/blockage remaining in the lotus pose and along with the breathing, one should feel like Patanjali said asana is "steady and comfortable posture".
Oh and this too on the same theme from Maya over at her blog Mayaland Feb2011