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Combat Your Heart With Siddhasana

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. It 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). 

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.

SIDDHASANA AND THE HEART

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.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ARTERIES AND VEINS


ARTERIES VEINS
They carry the blood towards the Periphery away from the heart They carry the blood towards the heart from periphery
They are pulsatile They are non-pulsatile
They are situated in the deeper parts They are situated in the deeper and superficial parts
They don’t have valves They have valves
They carry oxygenated blood They carry deoxygenated blood


MALE REPRODUCTIVE MEATBOLISM AND THE HEART

Recently, medical scientists have found an important connection between the reproductive metabolism and the heart. The entire male reproductive system (MRS) is dependent on hormones, which are chemicals that stimulate or regulate the activity of cells or organs. The primary hormones involved in the functioning of the MRS are follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH) and testosterone. FSH and LH are produced by the pituitary gland located at the base of the brain. FSH is necessary for sperm production (spermatogenesis) and LH stimulates the production of testosterone, which is necessary to continue the process of spermatogenesis. 

Testosterone is the hormone secreted by the testes in the masculine body. It is important in the development of male characteristics like muscle mass and strength, fat distribution, bone mass and sex drive. 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 regulate the production of the male hormone testosterone and thus controlling a primary cause of heart attack.

PSYCHO-MUSCULAR LOCKS

In Siddhasana, the position of the lower foot at the perineum presses Muladhara Chakara, and the pressure applied to the pubic bone presses the trigger point for Swadhisthana Chakra. Mooladhara is the root centre in which an infinite source of Pranic energy lies dormant and asleep, while Swadhisthana is the centre responsible for the sexual and emotional metabolism in which our psychic energy most spontaneously manifests itself. 

These two psycho-muscular locks redirect Prana upwards towards the higher centres and cure many problems such as piles, hemorrhoids, sexual disorders, blood pressure etc. Blockage of energy within these two centres is responsible for many health problems and also poses a barrier which has to be crossed in spiritual life. When our emotional life does not extend beyond this plane, blood pressure and cardiac function remain unstable & our role & purpose in life remain unclear. 

In this sense, heart diseases can be considered an evolutionary malady, where we suffer due to our bondage on the emotional plane, while our being aches to experience the constancy of human life which arises when emotional attachments and aversions have been transcended.



HOW TO DO SIDDHASANA

• 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

SOME MORE POINTS TO UNDERSTAND

• It proves most beneficial if learnt 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 heart is protected when there is neither suppression nor anarchical expression of the emotional complexes.

• 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.

• On a Pranic level, Siddhasana balances the alternating flows of Ida & Pingala Nadis, thus activating Sushumana.

CONCLUSION
The key to preservation of the heart lies in controlled expression of our desires, instincts and drives and this is learnt by following the precepts and practices of Yoga throughout the different stages of life. By incorporating some Asanas, Pranayama and Meditation into the daily program from an early age, the penalty of an overtaxed heart is avoided in middle age, and the emotions are channelled and expressed in a more creative way throughout life.

Courtesy: Dr. Rita Khanna
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