Siddha means perfect, accomplished. A Siddha is one who has acquired supernatural powers through penance or meditation. It is also known as ARDHA – PADMASANA where ardha is sanskrit word for half. Siddhasana is one of the important asanas ( the best among 84 lakh asanas) whose practice purifies the 72,000 nadis or vein/artery in the body. One who has mastered this asana has conquered the self. It is the most important asana for breath control, discipline of the senses, concentration, meditation, and self-realization.
- Sit in Dandasana, fold the left leg and place the ankle in between the genitals and the rectum.
- The ankle of the right leg should be kept on the upper portion of the genitals. The heel of the right leg should be above the heel of the left leg.
- The toes should rest between the thigh and the calf muscle.
- The knees should rest on the ground. Both the hands should be in Gyana Mudra( tips of the index finger and the thumb touching each other , remaining three fingers should be straight) and resting on the knees.
- The spine should be erect. With eyes closed, concentrate the mind in between the eyebrows.
- It protects celibacy and makes a person celibate (Brahmacharya).
- It cools down the lust for sex and removes the instability of the mind. This is the best asana for awakening the kundalini.
- It is beneficial for piles and sexual diseases.
- Blood circulates well in the lumbar and the pubic regions.
- The posture is good for curing stiffness in the knees and the ankles.
- The erect spine keeps the mind firm, attentive, and alert.