In Sanskrit svastika means auspicious; it is also the name of an ancient Hindu symbol of good fortune.
Etymology and origins
The name comes from the Sanskrit words svastika (स्वस्तिक) meaning "auspicious" and āsana (आसन) meaning "posture" or "seat". The posture is described in the eighth century Pātañjalayogaśāstravivaraṇa and in the tenth century Vimānārcanākalpa, where it is a meditation seat.
Sitting cross-legged on the floor, place the left toe on the right knee fold. Put your right foot on the left knee fold. This asana is always done in the same way for men and women, different from those that have polarity like Padmasana, Siddhasana and others.
Svastikasana is calm sitting with upright (upper) body. Stretch the legs forward. Bend the left leg in the way that you place the foot near the right thigh muscle. Bend, as it were, the right leg and "press" it into the space between the left thigh and calf muscles. So you will now find the two feet placed between thighs and calves of the legs.
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