- By sitting long in the Asan our body, pran, sense organs and mind feel little fatigue. This joints in the sitting in a proper manner.
- It regulates the process of inhalation and exhalation.
- This Asan is useful for sitting long in sharavn manan and nidhidhyasan Samadhi.
- Continuous practice of the Asan brings peace to the mind.
Be seated on Asan. Stretch straight both of the legs. Place one foot under the other knee and the other under the first knee. The neck & spine should usually remain erect but without any tension. Both the hands should remain in Gyan Mudra. Keep the eyes closed with ease. Keep the mind steady and peaceful. The process of inhaling and exhaling should remain normal.
Point of concentration is Agya Chakra.
The meaning of the word ‘Swastik’ is ‘auspicious’. By sitting in this pose, the sadhak remains every happy in all circumstances. If we sit with ease in this Asan for a longer period, we will get quick success in Pranayam, Pratyahar, Dharna, Dhyan & Samadhi.
- This Asan has proved to be very effective in the practice of superior forms of Pranayam.
- It activities thorax, heart and the large blood vessels connected with it as well as lungs, air passages and food pipe.
- The muscles of the lumber region remain healthy since they get stretched in this asan.
- The feet of those persons who feel extreme cold in winter get a feeling of warmth & the sweat of those persons who perspire profusely in summer in reduced.
- It eliminates foot-pain.
- Practicants who cannot sit long in Padmasan (Lotus pose) can resort to & sit in this asan with ease.
- This asan is quite useful in Jap, Tratak, etc.
Sitting on the asan stretch both of the legs in front. Fold the legs and place both soles in between the thighs and calves. Keep both of the hands on the knees in Gyan Mudra. Spine and neck should remain straight. Close the eyes with ease.
Point of concentration Agya Chakra
SIDDHASAN (ADEPT’S POSE)
As the name implies, Sidhasan is considered to be best asan among all asans of meditation.
- When our Pran and Mind get steady all the seminal nerves get relaxed. As a result, the movement of semen gains an upward tendency which is very helpful in the preservation of celibacy.
- One gains total control over oneself if one controls either ones Pran or Semenal Energy or Vrittis (mental function) or Mind. It is on this sense that Siddhasan is of special significance.
- All ailments connected with semen are cured.
Fold the left foot and place its heel between the anus and the genetal organ at the semen nerve. Now fold the right foot & place its heel at the root of the gental organ. The feet or legs should be so nicely arranged that the ankle joints should be one upon the other. Place both fingers and toes of both feet in between the thighs and calves. Both hands should be kept in Gyan Mudra, neck & spine quite straight, keep the eyes closed with ease.
Point of concentration : Agya Chakra
PADMASAN (LOTUS POSTURE)
Amongst the four asans of meditation Padmasan comes foremost. Just as lotus remains in water, but remains above the water level, likewise, the practitioner of this asan though living in this world attains the capacity of detachment from the world.
Prior to the practice of this Asan many ancillary practices can be undertaken. Such as :
- Stretch the legs in front, fingers, toes and heels close to each other. Move them forward and backward left and right and in a circle (clock wise and anti-clockwise)
- Do cycling with one leg holding it with crossed fingers of both the hands. Repeat it with the other leg.
- Place the ankle of the right foot on the left knee. Catch hold of the right knee with both hands. Keep your spine straight. Now go on touching the earth and ribs by turns. Repeat this practice by the other knee also.
- Fold the right leg. Place the right hand below the right knee and the left hand below the right ankle. Raise the leg up and swing it left and right. The left leg will remain straight in this position. Repeat it by the other leg.
There are several other asans as well with the help of which Padmasan can be performed with ease & by the practice of which the lower region of the body becomes elastic.
- The body remains fully erect in this Asan
- By sitting for longer period in Padmasan, blood circulation in the feet is reduced. The blood thus saved can be utilized in the brain for meditation.
- Spine remains automatically erect in this asan, circulatory system functions in a normal manner & nervous system is strengthened.
- With the soles of the feet being upward and both hands on the knees in Gyan Madra, the outward flow of vital energy from the pores of our fingers and feet stops. The entire energy remains within.
- Owing to the pressure the Saraswati nerve (located on the left of the naval) by the heel of the right foot, Pran, the life force, starts flowing through the Sushumna Nadi. Meditating on the tip of the nose or on Agya Chakra in the forehead produces the correct state of Dhyan.
- It helps to cure sciatica and all kinds of rheumatic pains of the legs and feet.
- Pressure of the heel on the stomach improves the digestive power.
- It accelerates the concentration of the mind that helps the process of meditation.
- Our Motor Senses (Karm Indrias) and senses of perception (Gyan Indriyas) are set at rest in this asan. Energy spent through these senses is preserved.
- Finally, by concentrating on the point in the middle of the eyebrows in Padmasan, our nervous system is greatly strengthened.
Be seated on the asan and stretch the legs in front by joining them together. Fold the right leg and place the heel of the right foot on the left side of the naval. Simplarly fold the left in such a way that the left heel is positioned on the right side of the naval. Bring both the heels closer to each other. Keep the neck and spone erect. Place both of the hands on the knees in Gyan Mudra. Close the eyes gently.