SIDDHASANA (accomplished pose for men) - YOGA ASANAS
Sit with the legs straight in front of the body. Bend the right leg and
place the sole of the foot flat against the inner left thigh with the
heel pressing the perineum (the area midway between the genitals and the
anus), sitting on top of the right heel.
This is an important
aspect of siddhasana. Adjust the body until it is comfortable and the
pressure of the heel is firmly applied.
Bend the left leg and
place the left ankle directly over the right ankle so that the ankle
bones are touching and the heels are one above the other.
the pubis with the left heel directly above the genitals. The genitals
will, therefore, lie between the two heels. If this last position is too
difficult, simply place the left heel as near as possible to the pubis.
Push the toes and the outer edge of the left foot into the space
between the right calf and thigh muscles. If necessary, this space may
be enlarged slightly by using the hands or temporarily adjusting the
position of the right leg.
Grasp the right toes and pull them up into the space between the left calf and thigh.
Again adjust the body so that it is comfortable.
The legs should now be locked, with the knees touching the ground and
the left heel directly above the right heel. Make the spine erect and
feel as though the body is fixed on the floor. Place the hands on the
knees in jnana, chin or chinmaya mudra.
Close the eyes and relax the whole body.
Contra-indications: Siddhasana should not be practised by those with sciatica or sacral infections.
Benefits: Siddhasana directs the energy from the lower psychic centres
upward through the spine, stimulating the brain and calming the entire
nervous system. The position of the lower foot at the perineum presses
mooladhara chakra, stimulating moola bandha, and the pressure applied to
the pubic bone presses the trigger point for swadhisthana,
automatically activating vajroli/sahajoli mudra. These two
psycho-muscular locks redirect sexual nervous impulses back up the
spinal cord to the brain, establishing control over the reproductive
hormones which is necessary in order to maintain brahmacharya for
spiritual purposes. Prolonged periods in siddhasana result in noticeable
tingling sensations in the mooladhara region which may last for ten to
fifteen minutes. This is caused by a reduction in the blood supply to
the area and by a rebalancing of the pranic flow in the lower chakras.
This posture redirects blood circulation to the lower spine and
abdomen, toning the lumbar region of the spine, the pelvis and the
abdominal organs, and balancing the reproductive system and the blood pressure.
Practice note: Siddhasana may be performed with either leg uppermost.
Many people experience discomfort due to the pressure applied where the
ankles cross each other. If necessary, place a folded cloth or piece of
sponge between the legs at this point. At first the pressure at the
perineum may be uncomfortable to maintain but with practice this will be
Note: The Sanskrit word
siddha means 'power' and 'perfection'. The word siddhi is derived from
siddha and refers to a psychic power or faculty developed through yogic
practices. Siddhis include clairvoyance and telepathy as well as many
other lesser known powers such as the ability to disappear at will.
Siddhasana, or siddha yoni asana for women, is believed to be the asana
that helps develop these powers.