Siddhasana is derived from two words Siddha and asana. The meaning of Siddha is Sampanna, Kāryānvita, Anustita, Avāpta, Pūrna and Sthāpita while the meaning of asana is yoga posture. Siddhasana is a meditative posture whose aim is to provide a comfortable and a stable position to the body to make the mind more and steadier for the process, of higher practices like Dharna, Dhyana and Samadhi. Here, we will discuss about Siddhasana step, technique, benefits, precautions and contraindications. We will also discuss about its variations and what yogic texts say about this yoga pose.
Important facts about Siddhasana
- It is a beginner level yoga posture
- According to Hathayogic texts Hathayogapradīpikā of Svatmārāma , Siddhasana to be the best among all the asanas.
- It targets hips, groin, lower back and spine.
- International Alphabet of Sanskrit Transliteration(IAST): Siddhāsana
- Sanskrit name: सिद्धासन
Different names of Siddhasana
- The Accomplished pose
- Perfect pose
- Adept pose
Siddhasana step by step procedures and instructions
- Sit in Dandasana
- Bend your left knee and bring the left heel close to the groin area.
- Now bend your right knee and bring it at the front of the left ankle.
- Do normal breathing, keeping the arms on the knees and do Gyan mudra.
- Your back and neck should be straight and stretched upward. Sit in this position, as per your comfortability.
- As per Hathayogapradīpikā, there is no asana like the Siddhāsana and it should be the part of all yoga modules.
- It cleanses the impurities of seventy two thousand Nādīs.
- It helps to improve your posture.
- It is one of the best yoga poses for spinal health.
- It increases the flexibility of hips and groin.
Press the perineum with the heel of the left foot and place the heel of the right foot above the genital. Sit evenly with body erect.
Press the perineum with the left heel and place the heel of the right foot above the genital organ, concentrating the mind between the eyebrows.
Place the left heel on Medhrara /Liṅgapradeśa (above the male sex organ) then place the heel of right foot above the left ankle. (Which means both the heels and ankles are to be placed only above the genital).
- One shouldn’t forcing the knees down
- To get the maximum benefits of this pose, keep your spine straight while practicing it.
- Focus should be given on breathing.
- Knee pain
- Hip issues
- Ankle pain
- Ardha Padmasana
- Titli Asana
- Triangle pose