Meditation Seats – Overview
- Features: Sukhasanaa (Easy Posture), Siddhasana (Accomplished Pose), Virasana (Hero’s Pose), Padmasana (Lotus Posture), and related pose such as Baddha Padmasana (Bound Lotus Posture)
- Objective: Become knowledgeable about the poses and review detailed teaching considerations.
- Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; contraindications and cautions; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions and cues for setting up and practicing the pose; variations to meet particular intentions and needs; and more teaching considerations.
“sukha” = easy, comfortable
“svastik” = auspicious
“siddis” = psychic powers
“vajra” = thunderbolt or diamond
Also known as: Diamond Pose
“vira” = a hero
“padma” = lotus
Heart of Poses
- The priority in meditation seats is keeping the natural spinal curves intact.
- The majority of sources that use the name Swastikasana (Auspicious Pose) are Iyengar practitioners, referring to a Cross Legged Seat (also called Sukhasana).
- A few sources use the name Swastikasana to refer to the poses Siddhasana (Accomplished Pose) or Padmasana (Lotus Pose).
- Sukhasana (Easy Pose) may be referred to as a variation of Swastikasana as in this video
- See Cautions in menu above for ankles, knees, rounding low back.
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