Siddhasana (Accomplished Pose)
Siddhasana widely known by the name ‘Accomplished Pose’, falls under the category of meditative yoga postures. It is among the most effective and power meditation poses providing the practitioner deep focus and concentration. The lower foot in Accomplished pose puts pressure on the perineum. This pressure travels to Mooladhara Chakra. The pressure exerted on the pubic bone thrusts to Swadhisthana Chakra. This activity in the body averts the sexual nervous impulse back into the brain via spinal column. As a result, the practitioner gains control over the reproductive hormones. Yoga practitioner seeking to fulfill spiritual goals, needs to attain celibacy. Siddhasana is one the most useful posture for such few people.
The Sanskrit word Siddhasana is derived from two words:
Siddha = Power or perfection
Asana = Comfortable seat or posture
Starting Position: Dandasana (Staff Pose), sit with the legs outstretched in front with the feet together. Keep the back, neck and head straight and comfortable. Place the hands on the side of your body. Keep the palms faced down resting on the floor slightly behind the buttocks. Relax the whole body.
- Bend your right leg bringing its sole close to the left inner thigh. Gently press your sole against the inner thigh. Keep the right foot in the downward direction.
- Bend the left leg. Using your hand, push the toes and the outer edge of your left foot in the space between your right calf and right thigh. Keep the left heel as close to the pubis as possible.
- Your left ankle must be overlapping your right ankle. The heels of the left leg must be placed right over the heel of the right leg. Make some adjustments to make yourself feel comfortable.
- Ideally, knees are quite close to the floor in the final position. Don’t force your legs towards the ground instead practice regularly and gradually it will happen with ease.
- Place the palms on your knees and let the fingers rest. Join the tip of your thumb and index finger. Keep the spine straight as you hold the posture.
- Gently close your eyes and relax the whole body. Practice the pose for as long as it feels comfortable.
You may keep whichever leg you find more comfortable on the top. It is usual to experience discomfort at the point where ankles cross each other. To avoid this discomfort you may place a folded towel or the corner of a thin pillow between that area. Initially, you will find it quite comfortable to sit in the pose due to the pressure on the perineum. Sit for a very short duration (5 seconds) in the begging. With practice, it will come at ease.
Avoid practicing Siddhasana if you suffer from sacral infection, sciatica, knee pain, ankle or heel pain.
- Diverts the blood circulation towards the abdomen and lower spine.
- Tones the pelvic region, digestive organs and lower part of the spine.
- Balances blood pressure and the functioning of reproductive organs.
- Invigorate the brain and has soothing effects on the nervous system.
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