WHAT IS SIDDHASANA?
Siddhasana is a basic sitting yoga posture. It is a meditative pose and commonly used for Pranayama and Meditation. Siddhasana is made up of two words Siddha and asana. Siddha is a Sanskrit word, which means realized, accomplished, attained, and acquired and asana means pose or posture. In ancient times Siddhasana was a great asana for the practitioners of Hathyoga because it helped to lead one towards realization of the liberation. It is an ultimate goal of hatha Sadhana for hatha yogis.
How to do Siddhasana?
- Sit straight on the ground.
- The spine and the whole body should be absolutely erect while sitting in this posture.
- Place the left foot heel against the anus and the heel of the right foot under the testicles.
- Toes of both feet should be kept between the thighs and calves.
- Knees should be in contact with the ground.
- After that place both the hands on the knees in Gyanmudra.
- Now, try to focus/concentrate at/on anyone of the following five points/ways i.e. Bhrumadhya (between the eyebrows), Samadrsti (straight ahead), Nasikagra (the tip of the nose), Ardhonmesa (eyelids half opened) and Netrabandha (eyelids completely closed).
- Concentrate/focus on the breathing.
What are Benefits of Siddhasana?
- Regular and proper practice of Siddhasana provides mental discipline and regulates the flow of Prana in susumnanadi.
- Practice of the asana helps to reduce the stress.
- Regular practice of Siddhasana is very important for students as it increases the memory/concentration power.
- Practice of this asana helps to improve the eyesight.
- Regular practice of this helps in the awakening of the Kundalini.
- Regular practice of Siddhasana stimulates two of the Chakras i.e. Muladhara (root) chakra which is located in the pelvic region and Swadhisthana (spleen or sacral) Chakra.
- Regular practice of Siddhasana helps to stretch the muscles of neck, back, hip, knees, and ankles.
- Regular and proper practice of this asana helps to reduce the fat from thighs.
- Regular and proper practice of this asana helps to improve the digestive system.
- This asana helps to increase the strength of the back.
- This asana helps to keep the spine straight during the long meditation period and also in the long run.
- Regular practice of Siddhasana helps to purify all the nadis.
What are Therapeutic benefits of Siddhasana?
- Regular practice of this asana helps to increase sensuality.
- Practice of Siddhasana helps to attain the Brahmacharya (celibacy).
- It helps to stabilize and calm the Nervous system.
- Siddhasana is very beneficial for males.
- Siddhasana can help regulate the flow of the testes hormone.
- It helps to cure the sexual disorders.
- Regular practice of this asana eliminates complaints of dreaming, night time emissions.
- Practice of this asana helps to improve semen related problems.
- Regular practice of this helps to cure the problem of piles/ haemorrhoids.
- Regular practice of this asana helps to maintain the level of blood pressure.
- Regular and proper helps to cure Asthma and heart (cardiac) related problems.
What are the precautions of Siddhasana?
- People who have undergone any major ankle, knee, back or hip related surgery/surgeries should avoid doing this asana for at least 9 to 12 months after it and if they want to start this after the mentioned period of time, they should discuss it with their doctor.
- Acute Arthritis patients should avoid doing this asana.
- During the later period of pregnancy, this asana should be performed very carefully and only after consulting the doctor and only in the presence of a profession yoga trainer.
- People who have severe back pain should avoid the practice of this yoga pose.
- People with severe stomach problem should avoid the practice of this asana.
- In the case of varicose veins, the practice of this asana should be avoided.
- Sciatica patients should avoid doing this asana.
- In case of severe ankle pain, back pain and knee pain, one should avoid the practice of this asana.
- Siddhasana should not be performed forcefully.
- An average person should not do this asana for more than 15 minutes.
- Initially, meditation should be done for only 2 minutes and gradually increase the time 2 to 15 minutes maximum.
- Siddhasana may be difficult for beginners so in that case one should put a piece of cloth under his/her ankles or keep a folded blanket, bed-sheet or cushion under the buttocks.
- These wedges help to keep the spine straight while performing Siddhasana and improve the posture.