Accomplished or Adept Pose (Siddhasana)
Sanskrit word siddha means accomplished or adept. Siddhaasana requires less flexibility of the legs and facilitates relaxation, concentration and meditation.
Benefits of the Accomplished or Adept Pose (Siddhaasana):
Siddhaasana is a simple beginner’s asana which not only helps to establish equilibrium throughout body/mind but also help stretching the legs and pelvic area to the point where the padma-asana can be held effortlessly. This also helps to cultivate concentration.
How to perform the Accomplished or Adept Pose (Siddhaasana):
- Start with a seating posture. While bending the left knee, grasp left foot with both hands and place heels against the perineum placing sole of the foot against the inside of right thigh.
- Breathe out and while reaching down loop your right hand’s forefinger around big toe of the same foot. Now grasp your left foot with your left hand.
- While bending the right knee, grasp right foot with both your hands. Place the outside edge of the right foot beneath the knee.
- Place right ankle over left ankle. The heel of your right foot should be in line up approximately with the navel.
- With palms up, place your hands on the knees, form a circle with the thumb and forefinger and extend the remaining fingers straight ahead.
Durations/Repetitions of the Accomplished or Adept Pose (Siddhaasana):
Perform siddhaasana for a minimum of 2 seconds extending the time up to ten minutes or more as you progress.
Difficulty Level and Advancement of the Accomplished or Adept Pose (Siddhaasana):
Siddhaasana is a difficulty level 2 asana recommended for beginner.