The perfect posture Siddhasana

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The Sanskrit word siddha (pronounced sidd-hah) means both "perfect" and "adept." In Yoga, an adept isn't just a skillful practitioner but an accomplished master who has attained inner freedom.

SB/t Many Yoga masters in bygone eras preferred this posture and used it often in place of the lotus posture. We don't cover either the half lotus or the full lotus position in this book because they're suitable only for more experienced students.

Figure 6-5:

This hand position seals off life energy called prana.

Figure 6-5:

This hand position seals off life energy called prana.

The siddhasana improves the flexibility of your hips, knees, and ankles, and strengthens the back. The posture is considered the perfect meditation posture for those practicing celibacy. Siddhasana is also beneficial for men with various prostate problems.

The preparation series for advanced sitting postures in Chapter 6 can help you with this posture.

Here's how you do it:

1. Sitting on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you, place your hands at your sides (close to your hips) with your palms down and fingers forward.

Shake your legs out in front of you a few times.

2. Bend your left knee and bring your left heel into your groin near the perineum (the area between the anus and the genitals).

Stabilize your left ankle with your left hand.

3. Bend your right knee and slide your right heel towards the front of your left ankle.

4. Lift your right foot, position your right ankle just above your left ankle, and bring your right heel into the genital area.

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