Swastikasana (Auspicious Pose)

The Sanskrit word swastika means ‘auspicious’ or ‘favourable’. It is symbolized by the swastika, which is known by various religions and cults throughout the world. Some people regard it as the most universal of symbols. It is only in this century that it has developed negative associations. The symbol has many meanings but a common one is that its spokes represent the different corners of the world and the universe, and that everything has a meeting point and common centre – consciousness. This asana can be regarded as the one most favourable for realizing the unity of existence.

Swastikasana looks very similar to siddhasana but it is far easier to perform because neither of the heels apply pressure at the base of the trunk.

Technique

For illustration see siddhasana or siddha yoni asana. Sit on the floor with the legs stretched out in front of the body. Fold the left leg and place the left foot near or in contact with the right thigh muscles. Bend the right leg and push the right toes into the space between the left thigh and calf muscles. Then pull the toes of the left leg upwards into the space between the right calf and thigh muscles. Adjust the body until you feel comfortable. The hands can be placed on the knees in jnana mudra, chin mudra or chinmaya mudra; or the hands can be clasped and held in the lap. Relax the arms and allow the shoulders to drop.

Close your eyes and relax the whole body.

Further details

Details on limitations and general advice are as given for padmasana.

Benefits

Swastikasana looks very much like siddhasana and siddha yoni asana and gives basically the same benefits. However, it is not such a good asana because it does not press the area of the mooladhara chakra. As this is important, swastikasana is not generally used in kriya yoga. However, it is an excellent asana for general meditational practices and pranayama, and should be used by those people who cannot sit comfortably in the better but more difficult meditative asanas.

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