Siddhasana Benefits –Siddhasana Steps – सिद्धासन
Siddhasana – सिद्धासन (Siddhasana In Hindi) is also called ‘Accomplished Pose’ as in Sanskrit, the word SIDDHA means ‘Power’ or ‘accomplished’ and the word ASANA means a ‘pose’. From the word ‘Siddha’ is derived the word Siddhi, and it refers to psychic powers developed through yogic practices. In Yoga, Siddhasana is said to helps practitioner develop these psychic powers, and hence the name Siddhasana. Hatha Yoga Pradeepika has categorized Siddhasana as one of the most powerful sitting Yoga poses suited for meditation. Some also call it a perfect pose.
- Spread a Yoga mat or a blanket and sit on it with both the legs outstretched in front of the body.
- Bend the right leg and place the sole of the foot against the inner left thigh and allow the heel to press into the perineum.
- Bend the left leg and slide the left foot and toes into the space between the right calf and thigh muscles.
- This may require some adjustment in the position of the right leg.
- The left ankle should be placed directly over the right ankle so that the ankle bones touch each other and the heels are one above the other.
- The genitals will lie between the two heels.
- Adjust the position of the right toes by pulling them, so that they are between left calf and thigh.
- Sit on top of the right heel.
- Adjust the body to the maximum comfort with the pressure of heel firmly applied.
- In the final position, the knees should touch the ground and the left heel should be directly above the right heel.
- Keep the spine in an upright position and place the hands on the knees in jnana or chin mudra.
- Close the eyes and relax the whole body.
People suffering from sciatica or sacral infections should not practice Siddhasana.
- Energy is directed upwards from the lower psychic centers along the spine.
- Siddhasana calms down the entire nervous system.
- This asana helps establish control over the reproductive hormones which further help to maintain the brahmacharya for spiritual growth.
- Moola Bandha is applied by the heel which presses against the perineum.
- Another heel, placed at pubic bone, stimulates Swadhisthana Chakra which automatically activates Vajroli / Sahjoli Mudra.
- This Yoga Asana redirects blood circulation to the lumbar region of the spine.
Practice Note of Siddhasana
- Siddhasana can be performed with either of the leg uppermost.
- In case of any discomfort at the ankles, a folded cloth could be placed between the legs at the point of discomfort.
Siddhasana And The Heart
Swami Satyanand Saraswati, in his tireless effort to peel of deeper layers of Yoga, met an eminent doctor who is a great authority on transplanting the heart, Dr. Christian Barnard from South Africa. While talking about the yoga postures, the Doctor said, that ‘if yoga postures are done correctly, you don’t have to worry about the heart attack at all.’ When Swami Ji asked him what was the basis of his statement, he replied that ‘In the male body, testosterone are produced, and these hormones attack the heart.’
If testosterone attacks the heart, how do we control them so that they are not produced in excess? In the male body, testosterone are produced, and these hormones attack the heart. Testosterone is the hormone secreted by the testes. In Siddhasana, the right heel is placed beneath the scrotum which presses Mooladhara Chakra, and the left heel over the genital organ presses the trigger point of Swadhisthana. These two psycho-muscular locks redirect sexual nervous impulses back up the spinal cord to the brain, establishing control over the testosterone. Swami ji, in his article. has further written that If the practice of Siddhasana is done regularly, say half an hour every day, it will give a complete control over the secretion of testosterone, a primary cause of heart attack.
Siddhasana and the blood pressure
In Siddhasana, one heel press the perineum between the excretory and urinary organs, and the other heel press the abdominal viscera at the root of the urinary organ. These two points are very important points which control the flow of blood through the arteries and veins. Thus the posture of Siddhasana helps in the treatment of abnormal blood pressure. Any time if someone is suffering from high blood pressure or low blood pressure just sits in this posture for half an hour or if possible one hour, the blood pressure will move towards normal. This is because the pressure exerted on the perineum and the viscera is transmitted to the brain centers which control the blood pressure.
Siddha Yoni Asana (Accomplished Pose For Women)
Whereas Siddhasana is an Accomplished pose for Men, Siddha Yoni Asana is an accomplished pose for Women. The steps to practice the asana in both are nearly the same and so are the benefits in both.
If a Sadhaka (practitioner) gets mastery over this Yogasana, he will acquire many Siddhis (powers). This accomplished Yoga pose was practiced by many Siddhas (perfect Yogins) of yore. As a result, they did possess the Siddhis which they used for the upliftment and betterment of society.