The Accomplished or Adept Pose
|Translation:||The Sanskrit word siddha means accomplished or adept, one who has attained the highest. The name implies the attainment of a perfectly stilled mind and the experience of peace that results from meditation. The siddha-asana is a recommended pose for meditation.|
|"Press firmly the heel of the left foot against the perineum, and the right heel above the genitals. With the chin pressing on the chest, one should sit calmly, having restrained the senses, and gaze steadily on the space between the eyebrows. This is called the Siddha-asana, the opener of the door of freedom."|
The siddha-asana is complicated to describe but is actually one of the simpler sitting postures. It requires less flexibility of the legs than the >padma-asana yet it facilitates relaxation, concentration and ultimately, meditation.
Siddha-asana helps to establish an equilibrium throughout the body/mind. It will also help stretch the legs and pelvic area to the point where the padma-asana can be held effortlessly. Either posture, by creating a firm foundation with the legs locked in a crossed position and the spine held straight and motionless, awakens the attention and helps cultivate concentration. When concentration is highly focused and undistracted, meditation follows.