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Swastikasana (Auspicious Pose): Basics, Steps, Benefits & More

Swastikasana is a wonderful grounding meditative yoga position, widely known as Auspicious Pose. This pose is an advance version of  Siddhasana and also an alternative to Padmasana (Lotus Pose) posture, often used in meditation and concentration. Hence, it is the best asana especially for those people who find difficulties in classical poses.

Swastikasana Basics

Sanskrit PronunciationSwastikasana
(Swa-uh-st-ihk-aa-sun-aa)
MeaningSu‘ = good’; ‘Asti‘ means ‘exist’; ‘ka‘ means ‘to make’/ asana = pose
Pose TypeSeated meditative pose
Pose Levelbeginner-level pose
Style of yogaHatha Yoga
Other NamesAuspicious Symbol Pose
StretchesHip, pubic, inner thighs
Strengthening Mind, Spine, and Neck              
Duration30 second to 3 minutes

Meaning

The term Swastikasana has 3 root words, Su,meaning “good”; asti, meaning “to be” or “existence”; ka, means “to make”; and asana, meaning “pose”. In Indian mystery- Swastika is a symbol of happiness, auspiciousness, and good luck.

In this position, the legs attain the shape of the Swastika. and the position of the body is stabilized. People who have difficulty in performing Padmasana and Siddhasana can include this pose in their dhyana (meditation) and Pranayama (breath) practice.

However, It requires a bit more flexibility than Sukhasana and Padmasana in terms of ankle flexion and internal hip rotation.

In this article, we talk about – how to perform Swastikasana (Auspicious Pose) yoga pose in a step by step explanation, along with the benefits and precaution attached to the pose.

Practice Guide for Swastikasana (Auspicious Pose)

Preparatory Poses

Steps to do

  • To come in Swastikasana First sit comfortably on the yoga mat (on the ground).
  • Now come in  Dandasana (staff pose), sit with spread both the legs in front of you. and make them at a distance of 1.5 feet.
  • Bend your left leg and place the sole of the left leg against the inner thigh of the right leg.
  • After this bend your right leg and placing the right foot in the space between the left thigh and calf muscles. In this remember that Right heel must not touch the pubis.
  • Your knees have to firmly touch the floor. keep your body and back straight. and also keep your head and neck in one line.
  • Make adjustments to yourself feel better.
  • Place your hands on your knees in a mudra such as jnana or chin.
  • Keep your spine straight at all times during this pose and not overextended.
  • Swastikasana helps open, balance, and activate the Root Chakra (Muladhara Chakra) and Third Eye Chakra (Ajna Chakra).
  • Maintained on the breath.
  • Relax the whole body.
  • In the beginning time sit only 10 minutes in this pose and don’t force yourself in the pose.

Benefits of Swastikasana (Auspicious Pose)

  • Swastikasana is an easy asana especially for those people who find difficulties in classical poses like Padmasana and Siddhasana.
  • Daily practice of this meditative pose, will improve the concentration level.
  • Swastikasana is an excellent asana relatively easy to perform and can be done by all, from child to young. 
  • Traditionally swastikasana is used for Dhyana (meditation) and Pranayama (breath) exercises.
  • Practicing swastikasana in meditation regularly helps to improve boost immunity.
  • When the practice for a long duration, it also activated the Muladhara(Root) Chakra along with Ajna (Third Eye) Chakra.
  • This yoga posture brings smoothness in the eyes and also reducing eye strain.
  • Its helps the stretches the calves, spine, and hamstrings.
  • It’s also helps in build confidence and give calmness to the mind.
  • Rejuvenation of the nervous system
  • Those people suffering from varicose veins and aching leg muscles can sit in Swastikasana..

Precautions

  • Swastikasana should not be done by those suffering from sciatica and sacral infections or concern a doctor.
  • Who suffering from sciatica or those with knee pain or injury should skip this asana.
  • People with arthritis of the knees, hips, and feet should avoid sitting on the floor.

Conclusion

The continuity of the Swastikasana in the depictions of various spiritual and meditative practice across different cultures and time periods highlights its enduring significance in the practice of meditation and spiritual development.

Disclaimer

The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional