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"The Way of the Sadhu"

Yoga in Varanasi

"The Way of the Sadhu"

Yogi Priest Swami Shiva Nand Jee meditates in the Sidha Asana position on a sandy bank of the sacred Ganges.

The Siddhasana should only be practiced by Sadhus and Yogi Priests for it reduces sexual desire (libido) and can lead to impotency and/or sterility. One foot is applied with strong pressure against the pubic area, blocking the blood flow to the genitals. This meditation position allows for better mind control.

Siddha refers to an inspired sage, seer or prophet


Swami Shiva Nand Jee, Varanasi, India

Photo by Yumi Soule, Text by JP Soule with Swami Shiva 2002