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Siddhasana (The accomplished pose)

Sidddhasana (the accomplished pose) is the most rewarding of all the sitting postures. 

It is one of the most important asanas (the best among 84 lakh asanas) whose practice purifies the 72,000 Nadis in the body. Siddha in Sanskrit means those hidden powers within the body that help individuals to attain spiritual uplift. When Siddhasana is mastered Samadhi follows without effort & naturally. One who has mastered Siddhasana has conquered the Self. 

A Yogi, who contemplates on the soul, who is moderate in his diet, if he practices Siddhasana for twelve years without break can attain Yoga Siddhis (psychic powers). It is the most important asana for breath control, discipline of the senses, concentration, meditation & self- realization.



Technique

• Sit down with both legs outstretched in Dandasana.

• Bend the left leg at the knee and place the heel at the perineum, the space between the anus (Guda) & the scrotum, then fold the right leg & place the heel against the pubic bone or just above the genitals allowing the foot to angle downwards. (If that is not possible, you can fold a small soft cloth & use it as a cushion between the two ankles without violating the essence of the posture).

• Both ankles are then resting one on top of the other & no pressure should be felt on the genitals.

• Let both the knees and left heel remain in touch with the floor.

• Straighten the spine. (If you find it difficult to straighten the spine, keep a folded blanket under the buttocks).

• Rest the hands on the knees in Gyan mudra posture (allowing the tip of the thumb & the tip of the index finger of each hand to touch one another).

• Close the eyes & look inwards. Stay in this position as long as possible & breathe normally.

• Repeat again by reversing the position of the feet for the same length of time with normal breathing.

• Don’t overdo it.

Contraindication
Sciatica, low back pain, knee injury, recent hip surgery

Counter pose
Staff Pose (Dandasana), Corpse Pose (Shavasana)

WHY SIDDHASANA IS SO IMPORTANT

When you practice Siddhasana, you are pressing two points at a time with your heels. One is the perineum between the excretory and the urinary organs and second is the lower abdominal viscera at the root of the urinary organ, or above the clitoris. These two points are very important in controlling the flow of blood through the arteries and veins.

• Mooladhara is the root centre in which an infinite source of pranic energy lies dormant and asleep. In Siddhasana, the position of the lower foot heel at the perineum presses mooladhara chakra, sitimulating moola bandha. While swadhisthana is the centre responsible for the sexual and emotional metabolism in which our psychic energy most spontaneously manifests itself. The position of the upper foot heel at the pubic bone presses the trigger point for swadhisthana chakra automatically activating vajroli/sahjoli mudra. These two psycho- muscular locks redirect sexual nervous impulses back up the spinal chord to the brain, calming the entire nervous system & establishing control over the reproductive hormones which induces continence.

• Blockage of energy within these two centers is responsible for many health problems and also poses a barrier which has to be crossed in spiritual life. Piles, hemorrhoids, sexual disorders, blood pressure & cardiac function remain unstable & our role & purpose in life remain unclear.

• On a pranic level, Siddhasana balances the alternating flows of ida & pingala nadis, thus activating sushumana.

• Testosterone is the hormone secreted by the testes in the masculine body. It is secreted every now and then, consciously and unconsciously during sexual intercourse, sexual fantasies, etc. By excessive circulating levels of male hormones, the male heart is endangered. In order to combat this, the masculine emotional and sexual metabolism has to be controlled. For this purpose, if Siddhasana is practised over a period of time, say half an hour each day, it will regulates the production of the male hormone testosterone, a primary cause of heart attack.

• It proves most beneficial if learned during the late teens or early twenties, when the emotional and sexual drives and passions are likely to be unruly. At that time, Siddhasana is found to rectify problems such as excessive nocturnal emission. If followed throughout life it bestows protection from emotional ravages and stabilizes the passions, preventing later cardiac demise.

• The posture of Siddhasana helps in the treatment of abnormal blood pressure too. Hypertension is caused by tension and stress reacting through the brain to the blood vessels and heart. Any time one is suffering from high blood pressure or low blood pressure, if one 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).

• This posture redirects blood circulation to the lower spine & abdomen, toning the lumbar region of the spine, the pelvis & the abdomen organs & balancing the reproductive system. Because of the position of the feet, it stabilizes the sexual energy & is beneficial to those suffering from wet dreams.

• Siddhasana puts less strain than Padmasana on the ankles, knees & hips. The posture is good for curing stiffness in the joints of the loins, knees & the ankles.

• It is helpful to those suffering from insomnia, asthma, excess fat in the body especially in the abdominal region.

CONCLUSION

Siddhasana is a wonderful sitting pose, deals with many physical as well as mental problems. It helps to maintain equilibrium between body and mind, keeps the mind focused & often suggested for practicing pranayama, concentration, meditation and self-realization (Samadhi).

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