Siddhasana gives essentially the same benefits as padmasana. It differs, however, from padmasana in that one of the heels applies pressure in the region of the perineum. This pressure is necessary in various yogic practices such as moola bandha and vajroli mudra. These are used a great deal in kriya yoga techniques together with siddhasana. This pressure is important, for it is concerned with awakening a psychic centre in this area called the mool-adhara chakra. This will be discussed in the future6.
SIDDHA YONI ASANA (ACCOMPLISHED POSE FOR WOMEN)
The Sanskrit word yoni means 'womb' or 'source'. In this context it means that this asana is the female equivalent of siddhasana. It is to be practised by women instead of siddhasana.
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