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Siddhasana: Meaning, Steps, Benefits

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Siddhasana

Introduction

Siddhasana is a yoga posture meant for Meditation. It is one of ancient yoga posture like Padmasana.

Normally, householders don’t take this posture for practice. This is because, people believe that this posture is for those yogis who have renounced the world. This is the reason why Siddhasana has not become as popular as other traditional yoga postures.

However, this posture can be a good alternative to Padmasana, because it is comparatively easier to get mastery over. Classic Yoga texts eulogise this posture as the most important one for meditation.

This article tries to shed light on its meaning, step by step procedure, and benefits.

Siddhasana Information

Pose NameSiddhasana
Sanskrit Nameसिद्धासन
IASTsiddhāsana
EnglishAdept Pose
Accomplished Pose
OriginAncient
LevelIntermediate
GroupSiddhasana
TypeSitting Posture for Meditation

Siddhasana Meaning

The word Siddha means a yogi who has accomplished or succeeded in the yogic path. In other words, Siddha means an Adept Yogi.

However, A modern yogi who has simply got mastery over yoga postures could not be termed as Siddha. Only a yogi who have reached the very goal of yoga is a Siddha. Siddha is a realised yogi or Jivan Mukta.

We call this posture in English as Adept Pose or Accomplished Pose.

Moreover, a number Siddhis or psychic powers will accrue with the yogi who regularly practises this posture. In this sense, it may be called as Psychic Power Pose.

Siddhasana Practice Routine

The practice routine includes precautions, preparatory postures, step by step procedure, and follow up postures.

Siddhasana Safety and Precautions

Persons having knee ailments or ailments should avoid this pose. Likewise, one who is having a degenerated disc or sciatica pain should take care before attempting this one.

Preparatory Poses

The following poses are preparatory poses for Adept Pose.

Siddhasana Steps

Step 1

Sit with legs stretched out. Bend the right leg and place the heel under the perineum. The perineum should be seated on top the right heel and place the right sole flat against the inner left thigh.

Step 2

Bend the left and place the left ankle over the right one. Now place the left heel above the genitals, so that the genitals lie in between the two heels.

Step 3

Place right toes in between the left calf and thigh and left toes in between the right calf and thigh. Adjust the knees suitably. Ensure the knees touch the floor.

step 4

Place the hands on the knees in Chin Mudra or Jnana Mudra. Close the eyes. Breathe slowly.

Practice Note

If you feel discomfort placing the ankle on one another, place a piece of cloth in between them.

One may place either of the heels under perineum.

Siddha Yoni Asana

Ladies should modify Step 2. They should place the left heel against or inside the labia majora of the female organ.

Duration

Initially longer duration is not possible. For getting psychic powers one should extends the duration for a period of at least three hours.

Variation

Hatha Yoga Pradipika give two versions of Adept Pose. The first version is mentioned above. In the second version, both the heels are placed one on another above the genital in stead of placing the genitals in between them.

Advanced Pose Variation

Like Yogamudrasana, the forehead is placed on the floor after sitting in Adept Posture. This advanced variation is called as Padayoniyasana.

Siddhasana Benefits

  • Siddhasana is the most suitable pose for Meditation
  • It helps in the practice of Brahmacharya
  • This posture activates the Base and Sacral Chakras.
  • It opens the hip joints and improve flexibility in the lower part of spine.
  • This posture helps develop psychic powers like clairvoyance, clairaudience, remote healing etc.
  • Siddhasana calms down the nervous system and the activities of the brain. The whole body experiences the serenity.

Thirunavukkarasu Sivasubramaniam

He has got 40 years of experience in traditional yoga philosophy and practice. He is well versed in Classical Sanskrit and Classical Tamil texts. His other area of proficiency includes Tantra and South Indian Astrology.

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