(Last Updated on : 16/12/2013)
Hathasiddhasana is a variant of Siddhasana, a posture with a long history
dating back at least a thousand years. While the Siddhasana
is mentioned in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Hathasiddhasana, being a variation, does not find mention in any canonical text. The Hathasiddhasana applies greater on the root of the genital organs than the Siddhasana, as both heels are pressing on the pubic bone.
The posture of Hathasiddhasana is specially practiced by the Kanaphata Yogins who are distinguished by the large earrings they wear in the hollows of their ears. It is variedly termed as Vajrasana
. This however is not technically correct since the postures last mentioned are practiced somewhat differently, and often with various symbols of Yoga.
The difference in technique consists of mainly in the first placing, the right heel against the root of the generative organs, and then placing the left heel exactly over the right heel.
While in the ordinary Siddhasana, the heel pressure is divided between the perineum and the space above the generative organs to exert the pressure of both the heels over the root of the genital organs. Other directions for practice remain the same.
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