Siddhasana (The accomplished Pose or Adept Pose)

The Sanskrit word Siddha refers to accomplished or adept. Though Siddhasana requires lesser flexibility of legs in comparison to Padmasana, it still, facilitates concentration, relaxation and meditation bringing about a balance of mind and body. Hence it is a recommended meditation posture.

DESCRIPTION

  1. Sitting on the floor, stretch the legs straight in front. The spine should be kept erect and continue normal breathing.
  2. Fold the left leg at the knee and bring it to the front. Gently stretch the toes and ankle so that they appear to be in straight line. In case, one finds it difficult, try to stretch the toes as much as is easily possible. The left knee should touch the floor.
  3. Next fold the right leg at the knee and placing the right foot in such as way that it rests on the left foot. Gently stretch the ankle and toes of the right leg so that it appears to be in a straight line.
  4. The Spine should be kept straight and the palms should be placed on the knees facing upwards. Alternatively, the palms can be placed on respective knees forming a circle with forefinger and the thumb and rest of the fingers kept straight. Continue normal breathing.
  5. Try to stay in this position for a minute. While returning to normal position, loosen the fingers of hands first, then unlock the right leg by using hands and place it on the floor and repeat the same for left leg and stretch out the legs.
  6. Rest for a few seconds before repeating this process again by switching the legs with right foot underneath the left foot.

BENEFITS

Siddhaasana is very effective for relaxing the joints of knees, ankles and hips and increases blood circulation and these areas. Siddhasana is very beneficial for relaxing the nervous system and also increases concentration, vitality and mental equilibrium.