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How to Do the Yoga Perfect Posture (Siddhasana)

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

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. Many Yoga masters in bygone eras preferred this posture and used it often in place of the lotus posture.

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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.

  5. Tuck the little-toe side of your right foot between your left thigh and calf.

  6. Place your hands palms down on the same-side knee with arms relaxed.

  7. Straighten and extend your back and neck, bringing your head up nice and tall; look straight ahead.

    You can use a cushion to raise your hips so that they’re level with your knees.

Note: In the classic posture, your chin rests on your chest, your arms are straight down, elbows locked, with your palms open in jnana mudra at your knees. The big-toe side of your left foot is pulled up and wedged between your right calf and thigh.

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