Siddhasana – The Accomplished Pose ( Steps/Benefits/Precautions )
The word yoga has become most popular throughout the world, it is due to it’s tremendous health benefits. Yoga can also be define as a way to Salvation (Moksha) a freedom from all sorts of pain there by living a balanced life. The Yoga also means a way to connect the Soul with God. It is a way to make a disappearance of the mundane and trivial desires that arise in the mind.
Yoga is process of exercises through which man can control its overall physical and mental being. It is a way to reach states of happiness which is untill now unreached and able to conjecture in God or the Supreme Soul (Paramatma). Yoga offers a path to ultimate salvation, as well as a more temporary, temporary type in terms of alleviating unhappiness, the kind that certainly results from poor health.
The process or the practices of Yoga are very beneficial for the maintenance of overall health. It can help to maintain physical and mental health, which cannot be done by any medication itself. Yoga helps to overcome mental depression as well as to achieve balance between body and soul. Among many yoga poses Siddhasana is also one asana through which you can attain equilibrium of a body.
What is Siddhasana?
Siddhasana is also known as accomplished pose, the word Siddhasana comes from a two Sanskrit word (Siddha+Asana) and is pronouncing as (sid-HAHS-uh-nuh), the word ‘Siddha’ means to achieve, to accomplish or to finish and the other word “Asana” means to sit in, a pose or a posture. Siddhasana is one of the simple meditative postures among many yoga pose that can be performed for meditation or other yogic activities.
According to yoga text (Hath Yoga Pradipika) written in the 14th century CE, Siddhasana is the fourth yoga pose that is very effective for the possession of mediation (Dhyan). There are more than 84 different and different variations of Asanas mentioned in Hatha Yoga Pradipika. This text also mentions that every yoga learner or student of yoga should try Siddhasana to meditation as it is simple, very effective and persons can get the bests benefits from it.
According to Hatha yoga Pradipika text, it describes that while practicing Siddhasana pose all 72,000 nadis or channels are purified and energy or gateway of energy is produced into the body, through which prana flows. Some yoga practitioners do believe that performing Siddhasana have benefited them.
How To Do Siddhasana? The accomplished pose.
- Sit straight on the floor, with both legs extended just in front of you. Keep your feet parallel to the floor, with balls of heels firmly planted on the floor.
- Now bend the left leg from the knee, bringing the left heel towards perineum. Once your heel begins to touch the perineum, bend the right leg of the knee and let the right heel rest against the area of the pubic bone. Now let the right foot stay at an angle down.
Note: For the yogi beginner this step can be little difficult and may feel pain, in that case you can wedge a folded piece of cloth and insert it at the point where both ankles meet the ground.
- Now place one ankle on top of the other so there is no pressure on the genitals. The downward angle of the right foot should be able to help you with that. Allow both knees to touch the floor with the left heel.
- Now extend the spine and sit upright, beginners can fold a blanket and place it under their buttocks to help stretch and straighten the spine.
- Now stretch your arms forward and place both hands on each of your knees. Then place the tip of your thumb to the index finger on each of the hands, leaving other finger straight
- Now close your eyes and try to concentrate to meditate. Now stop thinking about the world, clear your head and try focusing your attention on a point in space. Maintain normal breathing and stay in posture for a few seconds, or possibly minutes till the time you feel comfortable.
- Now repeat the pose again by making alternative knees, reversing the order of your legs. Remain in the posture almost at the same time taken for the previous cycle.
Note: The breathing should be normal and continued during reversing process.
Beginners Tip For Siddhasana
Some new yogi may feel uncomfortable during this asana, so it is important that the person feel comfortable in initial stage of Siddhasana. They can make some modifications they require to feel firm, confident and can get some support to perform the pose. Below are some suggestions which you can use to accomplish Siddhasana.
- Do not sit on the floor, if your feel your hips are tight. Instead sit on a folded two folded blanket, if uncomfortable make it three.
- Lifting your hips above knee level will reduce stress and discomfort in your hips, knees and back. This way it will allow your groin to open to more extent; this will help to bring your spine in the correct alignment.
- To be keeping seated in a straight position, take support of a wall. Another way is to put a yoga block between the wall and the shoulder blades.
- If you feel difficult in performing Siddhasana, practice its easy Pose “Sukhasana” until you create some flexibility and strength in your body.
- The position and the placement of the heels towards genitals stimulants the blood flow which can help improve continence.
- It can also help improve sexual disorders, heart function and blood pressure.
- This pose is beneficial for those suffering from health conditions like piles and hemorrhoids.
- Performing Siddhasana can help men to regulate the flow of the hormonal testicles. This can result in to control male emotions as well as sexual metabolism. This Posture also avoids problems such as nighttime emissions.
- This Posture hekps in redirecting blood circulation to the abdomen and
- The people having certain ailments or physical problems must avoid doing it. For example the pose is not recommended for those who have recently had any surgery related especially on the back or hip.
- The people those who are suffer from lower back pain and sciatica must not perform this asana.
- People with recent knee injuries or other knee pain, arthritis should not do this asana.
Siddhasana is asanas that can bring you to the state of consciousness which goes beyond the rest states of awakening, dreaming and experiencing a dreamless dream. It is a rare and difficult state to achieve, but with the help of Siddhasana so called Samadhi you can naturally get to a next step.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika also states that this type of perfection may take a year to achieve depending on a person’s ability.
So if you feel you are comfortable to stay in that particular posture of asanas for much longer periods. Experiment with several yogasanas with heights to get the best benefits from it.