Siddhasana and padmasana are the two asanas traditionally used for Dhyana or meditation and breathing exercises. Siddhasana is one of the most important asanas whose practice purifies the 72,000 nadis in the body. The Siddhasana improves the flexibility of your hips, knees, and ankles and strengthens the back. This posture is considered as the perfect meditation posture. Here is the method to practice Siddhasana.
Steps to practice Siddhasana
- Sit on the floor with legs close to each other
- Now take the left foot and place it at he perineum.
- Now take the right foot and place it over the left foot
- To make the posture steadier, slide the right foot toes into the space between the left calf muscles. This may require some adjustment to the position. It is like creating a lock, so that the lower body is stable for long durations of meditation.
- The knees should touch the floor. Make your spine straight now
- The chin can press against the chest.
- Gaze at the space between the eyebrows. And become aware of your breathing process. The breathing can be natural and deep. One may also practice Ujjayi breathing according to one’s meditation technique.
- The hands can be kept on the knees. One may assume the Chin Mudra or the Jnana Mudra with the fingers, if one wishes.
- Maintain this position for as long as you are comfortable.