Yoga Postures - Swastikasana (Auspicious Pose)

Swastikasana (Auspicious Pose)

A) Sit cross-legged and bring feet up between the thigh and calf muscles. (Beginners - place pillows under the feet to keep the feet propped to stay inside the thigh and calf muscles.)

B) Place hands in jnyan or chin mudra.

C) Sit up straight and comfortable.

Benefits: Nadis (actual acupuncture meridians) inside the back of the legs are stimulated. The sciatic nerve is gently massaged; lumbar region and abdominal muscles are toned, and the inner body temperature is balanced. In Vedic culture the swastika is the symbol of fertility, creativity, and auspiciousness; therefore, practicing this posture develops these attributes. It dispels miseries and stabilizes the mind and body. Breath is quickly controlled by this posture.

Doshas: All; especially Vayu and Pitta.