Classic Yoga

Siddhasana: Meaning, Steps, Benefits

Siddhasana

Introduction

Siddhasana is a yoga posture meant for Meditation. It is one of the ancient yoga postures 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 eulogize this posture as the most important one for meditation.

This article sheds light on its meaning, step by step procedure, and benefits.

Siddhasana Information

Pose NameSiddhasana
Sanskrit Nameसिद्धासन
IASTsiddhāsana
English NameAdept Pose
Accomplished Pose
OriginAncient Indian
Difficulty LevelIntermediate
TypeSeated Posture

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 has reached the very goal of yoga is a Siddha. Siddha is a realized yogi or Jivan Mukta.

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

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

Siddhasana Procedure

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

Siddhasana Safety and Precautions

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

While perfecting this posture, one should not overdo and harm oneself. Hence one should attempt this posture in a gradual and conscious way, and if she/he senses any discomfort either in her/his knees or sacral area of the spine, she/he should not proceed further. But a consistent practice leads to perfection in due course.

Preparatory Poses

The following poses are preparatory poses for Adept Pose.

How to Master Siddhasana?

The first step to master Siddhasana is to sit in Sukhasana. This will make you comfortable in a cross-legged sitting position which is the basis for advanced postures like Adept Pose and Lotus Pose. Next, Butterfly stroke or Titali Asana, a dynamic yoga pose, is a hip opener that helps to perform adept pose for a longer duration of time. To summarize, Sukhasana and Titali Asana prepares you to master Siddhasana.

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 of the right heel and place the right sole flat against the inner left thigh.

Step 2

Bend the left leg 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.

Duration

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

Variation

Hatha Yoga Pradipika gives 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 instead of placing the genitals in between them.

Siddha Yoni Asana

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

Ardha Siddhasana

Similar to Ardha Padmasana, there is a variation called Ardha Siddhasana. In this variation, one heel is placed under the genitals and another heel is placed on the floor. It is comparatively easy to perform. Therefore, a beginner may start this practice first. After some days of practice, he may attempt the complete version. While practicing the half version, he should change the legs and practice it for an equal period of time.

Advanced Pose Variation

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

Siddhasana Vs Padmasana

Both Adept Pose and Lotus Pose are seated yoga postures. Moreover, the two poses are the most ancient yoga postures and are used mainly for mediation. Ancient Yogis of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism used either of these two poses for meditation. The difficulty level of Adept Pose is comparatively lesser than that of Lotus Pose.

Normally, Sannyasins and yogis prefer adept pose and a householder prefers any other seated yoga posture for meditation or breath control exercises.

Though the mastery of both poses gives Siddhis or psychic powers, mostly Adept Pose is preferred.

Considering the physical aspects of the poses, both are hip openers. Butterfly Stroke and Easy Pose are very good preparatary poses for mastering these Seated Poses.

Siddhasana Benefits

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