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Lesson 127 - Q&A Siddhasana or padmasana?
Date: Tue Feb 24, 2004 0:49pm
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Q: I had been doing meditation in Padmasana (Lotus Pose) for a long time. After reading
your message I realised that it doesn't bring any pressure to perineum. Do I need to
switch to Sidhasana? I tried it but looks like it would take quite some time for me to get
accustomed to it. Let me know how should I proceed. In Padmasana, one limitation which I
find is after sitting for 45 minutes or so, my legs become slightly numb and it distracts
me a little bit.
A: Padmasana is a very good seat with its own benefits, though not many can sit in it
comfortably for long. Siddhasana in the simplified form given in the lessons is an easier
seat to stay in, once achieved. Its effects can also be achieved using a prosthetic at the
perineum. See lessons #33 and #75 for details.
Which is best? It depends on your preference and approach to achieving your goals in yoga.
If you are not inclined to directly stimulate sexual energy to raise kundalini, then
siddhasana is not something to rush into. On the other hand, if you are inclined bring up
sexual energy by direct means, then siddhasana is very desirable, more desirable than
It is a matter of where we fall on the "tantra scale" at a point in time.
Siddhasana is left of center on this scale, while padmasana is right of center. Left is
working more with sensuality in practices, and right is working less with sensuality. As
you know, we go far left in the tantra group. Siddhasana is in that direction. How
inclined we are to go into siddhasana is a function of our bhakti, which is related to how
much purification we have in our nervous system. It is interesting that more purification
encourages us to be more involved in directly cultivating sexual energy upward in
In yoga it is not possible to avoid dealing with sexual energy indefinitely, because
sooner or later the nervous system becomes activated by the rise of kundalini, and inner
ecstasy explodes inside. There is nothing more sensual than that. All of the advanced yoga
practices are designed to promote ecstasy's natural rise in the nervous system. Even
meditation is ultimately for that, coming from deep inner silence to union in ecstatic
bliss everywhere in the body and beyond. That is why we call advancedyogapractices,
"easy lessons for ecstatic living."
Yet, everyone has their own inclinations in yoga practice, and honoring each person's
tendencies is much more important than giving everyone the same "cookie cutter"
approach to enlightenment. A technology is good only if it is flexible enough so anyone
can use it. That is why we keep all the practices as simple and direct as possible, and
talk a lot about self-pacing. Each must travel their own way, at their own speed. The tool
kit is here to be used, or not used, as you see fit. If we don't need a tool now, maybe we
will need it later. Like that.
Given your interest, perhaps what you should consider doing is developing siddhasana. Work
your way into it gradually, and see if it works for you energy-wise. If it doesn't, you
can go back to padmasana. It won't hurt to know both seats. I went though a similar
testing phase many years ago, and ended up in siddhasana for the long haul. I have stayed
a bit left of center because, experientially, it has made perfect sense to do so. Whatever
it is for you will be fully respected.
The guru is in you.
Note: For instructions on
siddhasana, see the Asanas,
Mudras and Bandas book.
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