Attaining proficiency in Yoga practice is an attractive goal for all practitioners. This pose remains an important aid to attaining the same. Hence, it is known as Siddhasana.
The right knee is bent so that the heel touches the groin. After this, the same procedure is repeated with the left leg. The big toe of the right foot is to point upwards from between the calf and the left thigh. The big toe of the left foot is to be placed between the right calf and the right thigh. The palms are to be kept in the position of the jnanamudra even as one’s eyes are kept closed. The spine is to be kept straight nonetheless.
After the specified period of time, the position of the legs can be interchanged.
One of the most important benefits of this asana is that due to the pressure exerted on the groin, the prana or life-energy flows from the lower to the higher charkas. In order to ensure that the senses are kept well under control, it is essential to perform this pose.
This asana also ensures that the flow of blood to the nether regions of the body is obstructed. After the completion of the asana, as soon as the legs are brought to the usual position, purified blood flows again. Due to this, the thighs, knees and calves remain free from disease.
However, it is not advisable for women to perform this asana. Also as far as men are concerned, the heel must not apply pressure on the testicles as that may lead to urinary problems.
This asana is also advised for ensuring birth-control. Those who desire children must not practice this asana for more than five minutes at a time.